Johanne Bourgeois (Director) draws on twenty years of experience in strategic communications management and in the development and implementation of public policies and programs within the federal public service. After studying political science at Laval University in Quebec and at Queen's University in Kingston, she pursued graduate studies at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) in London where she began her career at High Commission for Canada as press secretary and liaison officer for the Department of External Affairs (Global Affairs Canada). Over the years, Johanne has worked on the Advisory Council on the Status of Women, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, the Canada Council for the Arts and the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade where she notably acted as liaison officer (cooperation summits, diplomatic meetings and treaty signing sessions) and as protocol officer (official visits) before joining Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) where she is manager of interdepartmental relations and partnerships. As part of her duties, Johanne set up interdepartmental and community working committees and organized consultation sessions with various stakeholders as well as social innovation laboratories (aimed at better coordination of government efforts) in connection with programs such as the Enabling Fund for Official Language Minority Communities and the Youth Employment Strategy. She has developed an in-depth knowledge of the community economic development sector and is familiar with methods of raising awareness and local capacity development. Familiar with the Access to Information Act, Johanne has skills in grant and contribution management as well as governance. She has several years of experience on boards of directors in the education sector. Sitting on the steering committee of the ESDC managers network, she participated in the development of various pilot projects and practical workshops related to strengthening leadership skills, mentoring and peer coaching (peer learning groups). Johanne holds a 160-hour Third-Party Neutral Training Certificate and completed the Deep-Rooted Conflict Seminar.
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