I have the honour to present Dr. Huguette Labelle.
As an educator, public servant, spouse of Royal, and parent of Pierre and Chantal, she has made and continues to make superlative contributions to Canadians, to the administration of the Government of Canada, and to her family. She was born in Rockland, Ontario to Aurore and Rochon Mercedes, and received her early education there. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing Education, Bachelor and Master of Arts degrees in Education, and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Educational Administration, all from the University of Ottawa.
Dr. Labelle has provided distinguished service to her first profession - nursing - as President of the Canadian Nursing Association, President of the Canadian Red Cross Society, chairman of the board of the Ottawa Health Sciences Centre Incorporated, a member of the Council of Governors of the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety, and a member of the Board of Directors of Collaboration Sante
internationale. From 1974 to 1976 she served as consultant to the governments of Haiti and Cuba on health care planning and health care education, and in 1987 she was co-chair of the World Health Organization's Expert Committee on Health Care Management Systems.
In the service of education, Dr. Labelle has been Chairman of the Board of Algonquin College, a member of the Board of Governors of Carleton University, a member of the Executive Committee, Institute of Public Administration of Canada, a member of the Master of Public
Management Advisory Council, Faculty of Business, University of Alberta, and a member othe Advisory Board, School of Public Administration, Daihousie University.
Dr. Labelle has also served her community in exemplary fashion. She has been Chairman of the Board of the Ottawa-Carleton United Way, President of the Management Consulting Institute, Vice-President of the Canadian Safety Council, and a member of the Board of Governors of the Canadian Comprehensive Auditing Foundation.
Currently, she is Honorary Vice-President of the Canadian Red Cross Society, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Ottawa General Hospital, President of the Transportation Association of Canada, a member of the Board of Governors of McGill University, a member of the Board of Directors, Public Policy Forum, and a member of the Faculty of Administration Advisory Board, University of Ottawa.
As for her full time career - service to Canada - from 1973 until 1980 Dr. Labelle held senior management positions in two ministries of the Federal Government, Indian and Northern Affairs, and Health and Welfare Canada. From 1980 to 1985 she served as Under Secretary of State in the Department of the Secretary of State, and from January to September in 1985 she was Associate Secretary to the Cabinet and Deputy Clerk of the Privy Council. From 1985 until 1990 she was Chairman of the Public Service Commission of Canada.
It was also in 1990, on April 18, that her services to her country were duly recognized with Canada's highest award. On this date she was invested as an Officer in the Order of Canada by Governor-General Ramon Hnatyshyn.
Mr. Chancellor, it is an honour and a personal pleasure for me to ask, in the name of the Senate of the University of Manitoba, that you confer on Huguette Labelle, the degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa.
-citation delivered by Arnold Naimark, President, University of Manitoba