Maureen O’Neil was the president of the Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement from 2008 to September 2018. Previously, Maureen served as the president of the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), the interim president of the International Centre for Human Rights and Democratic Development and the president of the North-South Institute. She is a former deputy minister of citizenship for the Government of Ontario.

Maureen is the chair of the board of the United Nations (UN) Research Institute for Social Development, and a member of the boards of eHealth Ontario, the Centre for International Governance Innovation and the Global Development Network. She is also the chair of the McGill Institute for Health and Social Policy Advisory Board.

Maureen’s extensive experience includes chairing the International Institute for Environment and Development’s board of trustees, the International Advisory Group and the IDRC’s Think Tank Initiative. As well, she has chaired the Advisory Council on Corporate Social Responsibility of Canada’s Export Development Corporation  and the board of governors of Carleton University. Maureen has represented Canada on the UN Commission on the Status of Women and on committees of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development; she has also been a member of the UN Committee for Development Planning and sat on the board of the UN Research Institute for Social Development. Maureen has participated as chair or member for numerous not-for-profit organization boards and committees.

In June 2011, Maureen was named an Officer of the Order of Canada for public service, in recognition of her contributions in the areas of international development, gender equality and human rights.

Maureen has a bachelor of arts degree in sociology from Carleton University and honorary doctorates in law from Wilfrid Laurier University, Carleton University and the University of Ottawa.



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