Madame Louise Fréchette is a Distinguished Fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation in Waterloo, Ontario. She is a member of the Boards of Directors of the Trudeau Foundation and the Pearson Peacekeeping Centre, as well as a member of the Board of Governors of the University of Waterloo.
From 1998 to 2006, Madame Fréchette was Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations. The first incumbent of the post, she assisted Secretary-General Kofi Annan in the full range of his responsibilities. Prior to this, Madame Fréchette pursued a career in the Public Service of Canada, serving notably as Ambassador to Argentina and Uruguay (1985-1988), Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations (1992-1994), Associate Deputy Minister of Finance (1995) and Deputy Minister of National Defence (1995-1998).
Madame Fréchette has a degree in history from the Université de Montréal and a Certificate in economy from the College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium. She has received honorary degrees from the universities of St-Mary’s (Halifax), Ottawa, Laval, Montreal, Carleton, Waterloo, Queen’s, McGill, St Francis-Xavier and Guelph in Canada, and from Kyung Hee University in Seoul, Korea and the University of Turin, Italy.
Madame Fréchette is an Officer of the Order of Canada.