Dr. Dyane Adam became Commissioner of Official Languages in 1999, a position she held until 2006. She now acts as a special advisor and consultant to governmental agencies and Canadian universities.
Dr. Adam holds a masters and doctorate degree in clinical psychology from the University of Ottawa. She spent the first few years of her career working in the Quebec and Ontario health systems, followed by teaching and research at Laurentian University in Sudbury, where she was also Assistant Vice-President, French Programs and Services. In 1994, she was appointed to the position of Principal at York University’s Glendon College in Toronto.
Dr. Adam has worked, during her career, towards the recognition of the rights of the French-speaking minority, the status of women, health and education. Her extraordinary commitment was the impetus behind many initiatives and prompted her to play an important role in a number of national and international organizations, namely the Canadian Association for the Advancement of Higher Education, the Regroupement des universités de la Francophonie hors Québec, the Agence universitaire de la Francophonie and Association des Ombudsmans et médiateurs de la Francophonie. Dr. Adam served as the first President of the Forum of Canadian Ombudsman, from 2001 to 2005. Author of professional and scientific publications, she has participated in a number of national and international conferences, presented her positions before parliamentary committees and the courts, produced a wealth of research and delivered numerous speeches. These activities have been undertaken to make the public and the authorities more aware of the issues surrounding linguistic duality, and to make respect for official languages a Canadian priority. Her various contributions have affected a wide range of areas in the daily life of Canadians, such as education, health, immigration, language of work, community development, justice, culture, research and new technologies.
In recognition of her achievements, she was awarded honorary doctorates by McGill University, the University of Ottawa, St-Paul University, Laurentian University, Université de Moncton and Collège Boréal. She is a Member of the Order of Canada and was made Chevalier de l’Ordre de la Pléiade by the Assemblée parlementaire de la Francophonie and Chevalier de l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques in the Republic of France.