Former Chair of Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), she was also Chancellor of the University of Ottawa from 1994 to 2012.
Huguette Labelle holds a Doctor of Philosophy, Education. She is a Companion of the Order of Canada and has been named to the Order of Ontario. She has been awarded honorary degrees from 12 Canadian universities and has received the Vanier Medal of the Institute of Public Administration of Canada, the Outstanding Achievement Award of the Public Service of Canada, the McGill Management Achievement Award, and l'Ordre de la Pléiade.
Ms. Labelle served for 19 years as deputy head of different Canadian government departments. Among other positions, she was secretary of state and head of Transport Canada, the Public Service Commission, and the Canadian International Development Agency. She has served on more than 20 councils and boards of directors.
Ms. Labelle is a former chancellor of the University of Ottawa. She is the chair of the Board of Directors of Transparency International and vice president of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature and she sserves on the Board of Directors of a number of organizations such as the UN Global Compact, Katimavik, and the African Virtual University. She chairs the Financial Services Ombudsnetwork and is co-chair of the Task Force on China's Environment and Development Review and Prospect. She provides advisory services to several national and international institutions.