Ms. Suzanne Clément

Ms. Suzanne Clément worked for the federal public service for over 35 years, occupying executive level positions for over 27 years. At the time of her retirement in May 2014, Ms. Clément had completed a four and a half year mandate as deputy head for Status of Women Canada.

Prior to her appointment at Status of Women Canada, Ms. Clément worked at the Department of Canadian Heritage as Secretary-General, as Director General responsible for the Government of Canada’s cultural portfolio, including the CBC/Radio-Canada, Telefilm Canada, the National Film Board, the National Museums and the Arts Council, and as Director General responsible for policies and programs promoting participation in cultural and community affairs.

In 1998, Ms. Clément was recruited to work with the Deputy Prime Minister of Canada on developing the government’s primary initiative to commemorate the new millennium, such as the creation of the Millennium Bureau of Canada and its programs. 

In 1995, as Director General with the Department of Human Resources Development Canada, Ms. Clément led the effort to develop a federal strategy that would promote job creation among young Canadians. This strategy was a resounding success and was allocated an annual budget of $400 million. Ms. Clément also held the position of Director General of Communications and Public Relations for the same department.

In 1987, Ms. Clément was appointed to her first senior management position as Secretary-General of the National Transportation Agency of Canada; she was the first woman to hold this position.

Ms. Clément is a Bencher of the Law Society of Upper Canada and an Adjudicator for the Law Society Tribunal.

Ms. Clément has often supported initiatives of benefit to the Francophone community as a volunteer (Chief Editor for the Journal de Vanier, the Festival franco-ontarien and the ACFO, for example). She is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Hôpital Montfort since 2011 and she was elected Chair of the Board in June 2015.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Ottawa.