Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Jean Edmonds

Journalist, public servant

Born in 1921.

After her studies at the University of Manitoba, spent the first twenty years of her career as a journalist for the Financial Post newspaper.

Joined the federal government public service in 1964.

Became the first woman executive in the federal government as an executive director with the Department of Manpower and Immigration in 1966.

Became chairperson of the Task Force on Barriers to Women in the Public Service in 1988, and published the ground breaking report called Beneath the Veneer.

Office Towers Named for Jean Edmonds in Ottawa
Built in 1971 and renovated in 1995, the office towers located at 300 Slater Street in Ottawa were originally called the Old Journal Towers. The towers have been renamed in her honour and currently house the offices of Citizenship and Immigration Canada.

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