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Biographical Profile of The Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell


Biographical Profile of The Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell

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The Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell is Ontario's 29th Lieutenant Governor.

Prior to this appointment, she served as President and CEO of the Council of Canadian Academies, and has had a number of successful leadership roles in public policy, the energy industry, education and the public service. She has also held several high-ranking positions at the United Nations, including Under-Secretary-General. 

Ms. Dowdeswell's focus has been on engaging the public in policy-making and seeking innovation in the successful management of organizations through change. As Assistant Deputy Minister at Environment Canada, she was responsible for the Atmospheric Environment Service, including negotiating the Framework Convention on Climate Change. She led a number of public inquiries, including on Canada's unemployment benefits program and federal water policy. Earlier in her career, she was the Deputy Minister of Culture and Youth with the Government of Saskatchewan, also serving as an educational consultant, university lecturer and high school teacher. 

Ms. Dowdeswell has been honoured on many occasions for her public service both in Canada and globally. In 2012, she was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada and a Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, and received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. In 2008, she was named a Fellow of the Argentine Academy of Environmental Sciences. 

She has a Master of Science degree in behavioral sciences from Utah State University, a Bachelor of Science degree in home economics and a teaching certificate from the University of Saskatchewan, as well as several honorary degrees.