Québec has a new representative in the Permanent Delegation of Canada to UNESCO. Michèle Stanton-Jean will assume her responsibilities on July 18. She is currently a visiting scholar at Université de Montréal’s CRDP (Public Law Research Centre).
From 2006 to 2010, she was Chair of the Canadian Commission for UNESCO. From 2002 to 2005, she chaired the International Bioethics Committee which led to the adoption of the Universal Declaration on Bioethics and Human Rights.
Michèle Stanton-Jean has also held important positions in the Québec and federal public administration, including those of Assistant Deputy Minister and Executive Director of vocational training in Québec’s labour and revenue department (Ministère de la Main-d'œuvre et de la Sécurité du revenu, 1984-1988), Canadian Deputy Minister of Health (1993-1998), and Special Advisor on Health and Social Affairs at the Permanent Mission of Canada to the European Union (1998-2000).
Over the course of her career, she has received numerous distinguished awards and honours, including the National Order of Québec in 2008. More recently, she was appointed to the rank of Knight in the National Order of the Legion of Honour.
“I am certain that this exceptional and multifaceted career will strengthen Québec’s role within the framework of the Agreement between the Government of Canada and the Government of Québec concerning UNESCO. I also wish to commend Michel Audet for his remarkable contribution during his tenure in that position and extend my sincerest thanks to him,” said Monique Gagnon-Tremblay, Minister of International Relations and Minister Responsible for La Francophonie.
Québec Representation in the Permanent Delegation of Canada to UNESCO