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President Emeritus, Canada School of Public Service

The Honourable Jocelyne Bourgon P.C., O.C.

Madame Jocelyne Bourgon is the President of Public Governance International (PGI), the leader of the New Synthesis Project, an international research effort aimed at modernizing public administration, and the President Emerita of the Canada School of Public Service.

Madame Bourgon has enjoyed a distinguished career in the Canadian public service, having served as Deputy Minister of several major departments, Secretary to the Cabinet for federal-provincial relations, and later as Clerk of the Privy Council and Secretary to Cabinet. Possessing vast international experience, she has served as President of the United Nations Committee of Experts on Public Administration, President of the Commonwealth Association for Public Administration and Management (CAPAM), and Canadian Ambassador to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

Madame Bourgon has published extensively on the subject of public administration. She is the author of A New Synthesis of Public Administration: Serving in the 21st Century (2011) and The New Synthesis of Public Administration Fieldbook (2017).

Madame Bourgon is the recipient of six honorary degrees. She was summoned to the Queen’s Privy Council for Canada in 1998. She is a Member of the Order of Canada and a Knight of the National Order of Merit of the Republic of France.


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