Human Resources and Social Development Canada

Human Resources and Social Development Canada

November 24, 2008 11:56 ET

The Government of Canada Announces the Appointment of a New Chairperson to the Canada Millennium Scholarship Foundation

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 24, 2008) - The Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development, today announced the appointment of Dr. Paule Leduc of Quebec as Chairperson of the Board of Directors of the Canada Millennium Scholarship Foundation, effective immediately.

"I am very pleased that Dr. Leduc has agreed to join the Board of Directors of the Canada Millennium Scholarship Foundation," said Minister Finley. "Her extensive experience and knowledge in the field of education will be an invaluable asset to the Board."

Dr. Leduc has extensive experience in the field of education. Over the years, she has served as Rector of the Universite du Quebec a Montreal, President of the Conseil des universites du Quebec, and President of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. She has also previously served as Deputy Minister in the Quebec ministries of International Affairs, Intergovernmental Affairs, and Cultural Affairs.

She has shown her commitment to education through her involvement in a number of committees. Dr. Leduc is currently President of the Board of Directors for the Musee du Quebec and the Festival de theatre des Ameriques, and a member of the Board of Directors of Valorisation-Recherche Quebec, the Clinical Research Institute of Montreal, and the Quebec Chamber of Commerce. She has held various elected positions, including Director, on the Board of Directors of the Canada Millennium Scholarship Foundation since 2001.

Dr. Leduc holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Education from the Universite de Sherbrooke, a Master of Arts in literature from the Universite de Montreal, and a Doctor of Philosophy in literature from the Universite de Paris. She has also received honorary doctorates from five universities: St. Mary's University, the University of Ottawa, Queen's University, the University of Manitoba, and the Royal Military College of Canada.

The Canada Millennium Scholarship Foundation was established in June 1998 to manage a $2.5-billion endowment from the Government of Canada, and to grant scholarships to students. These scholarships enable Canadians to acquire the knowledge and skills needed to participate in a changing economy and society. As part of the Government's Budget 2008 commitment, the Foundation will be replaced by the Canada Student Grant Program in the 2009-2010 academic year. The new Canada Student Grant Program will be simple, transparent, predictable and broad based, providing certainty and predictability for Canadian families.

For more information, visit the Canada Millennium Scholarship Foundation Web site at http://www.millenniumscholarships.ca.

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Contact Information

  • Office of Minister Finley
    Ms. Michelle Bakos
    Press Secretary
    819-994-2482
    or
    Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
    Media Relations Office
    819-994-5559