Janice Charette
Her Excellency Mrs. Janice Charette (London, UK) is High Commissioner for Canada in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and Permanent Representative of Canada to the International Maritime Organization. She assumed her responsibilities as High Commissioner on September 7, 2016. Prior to this, Mrs. Charette served as Clerk of the Privy Council and Secretary to the Cabinet from October 2014 to January 2016 where she served as the principal public service advisor to Canada’s Prime Minister in addition to her role as head of the public service. Previously, she was Deputy Clerk of the Privy Council and Associate Secretary to the Cabinet as well as Deputy Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs.

In addition, Mrs. Charette has held leadership positions in eight ministries, that covered issues including skills development, labour markets, immigration, citizenship, social security programs, health and justice. Her early career included work in finance, privatization, federal-provincial relations and in the Prime Minister’s office. She was recognized as one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women in 2013 and 2014. She is currently on the board of the Rideau Hall Foundation in Canada, and represents Canada on the Board of Governors of the Commonwealth, the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, the Commonwealth War Graves Foundation and the Imperial War Museum.