Present Chancellor of the University of Ottawa
Born in 1939 in Rockland, Ontario; studied and works in Ottawa.
Received a Master of Education and Doctor of Philosophy in education from the University of Ottawa.
Held senior management posts in different government ministries. Was Deputy Clerk of the Queen's Privy Council for Canada, chairperson of the Public Service Commission of Canada, Deputy Minister of Transport.
Past president of the Canadian International Development Agency; headed the Canadian delegation which participated in the first Tokyo International Conference on African Development in 1993.
Appointed Chancellor of the University of Ottawa in 1994.
Appointed to the Board of Governors of the Canadian Centre for Management Development in 2002.
Appointed Chair of the Board of Directors of Transparency International in 2005.
Companion of the Order of Canada in 2001.
Officer of the Ordre de la Pléiade, an order honouring achievement in La Francophonie in 2001.
Has been awarded honorary degrees from twelve Canadian Universities.