Hélène Laurendeau — Deputy Minister of Canadian Heritage
Hélène Laurendeau became Deputy Minister of Canadian Heritage on October 9, 2018.
On April 4, 2016, Hélène was appointed Deputy Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada, formerly Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada. Prior to her appointment as Deputy Minister, Hélène served as Associate Deputy Minister for the department, starting in December 2013.
In early 1991, Hélène joined the Public Service with the Department of Justice. She held several senior executive positions at the Treasury Board Secretariat, Privy Council Office and the Public Service Commission of Canada.
Hélène graduated from the University of Ottawa in 1982 with a B.A. in Arts (Communication) and with a Law degree in 1985. She was called to the Québec Bar in 1986. She practiced administrative, labour relations and human rights law in the private sector from 1986 to 1991.
Raised in the region of Lanaudière, Québec, but with deep roots in the Bas-Saint-Laurent region, Hélène completed her high school studies at Collège de l'Assomption. She is the proud mother of two dynamic young adults.
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