From 1998 to 2006, Louise Fréchette was the Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations. As the first person to hold this position, she assisted Secretary-General Kofi Annan in the full range of his responsibilities. Prior to this, she pursued a career in the public service in Canada, serving notably as Ambassador to Argentina and Uruguay (1985-1988), Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the UN (1992-1994), Associate Deputy Minister of Finance (1995), and Deputy Minister of National Defence (1995-1998). She was also the first Canadian woman to be named a Canadian Ambassador to the UN.
Madam Fréchette holds a degree in history from the Université de Montréal and a certificate in economics from Collège d’Europe in Bruges, Belgium. She has received honorary doctorates from St-Mary’s University (Halifax), the universities of Ottawa, Toronto, Laval, and Montreal, as well as Carleton, Waterloo, Queen’s, and McGill universities in Canada, in addition to Kyung Hee University in Seoul, Korea, and the University of Turin in Italy.
Madam Fréchette is an Officer of the Order of Canada.