Louise Fréchette, the United Nation's second-in-command in charge of reform, is leaving her post in April to join a Waterloo international thinktank. Fréchette, the UN deputy-secretary for the past eight years, will devote most of her time at the Centre for International Governance Innovation to a major research project involving nuclear energy.

As a "distinguished fellow," she will join other distinguished fellows at the centre, including friend and former colleague Paul Heinbecker, Canada's former ambassador to the United Nations.

Fréchette's appointment is a coup for an independent think-tank that has quickly gained an international reputation and influence among government leaders, diplomats and...

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