H.E. Michelle d’Auray, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Canada to the OECD

Ms. d’Auray has broad and varied experience in government, with over 10 years as a Deputy Minister.  Prior to her appointment as Canada’s Ambassador,  Permanent Representative to the OECD, Ms. d’Auray was the Deputy Minister of Public Works and Government Services Canada, from 2012 to 2015.  This department is the Government of Canada’s principal procurement and real estate and asset management organization, including military procurement and the responsibility for the government’s Defence Procurement Strategy, which she developed and implemented.

From 2009 to 2012, she served as the first woman Secretary to the Treasury Board, where she was responsible for the Government’s overall expenditure management system, and oversaw the one-year comprehensive expenditure review for the Government of Canada which led to savings of over CAN $6 billion in operations.   Ms. d’Auray was the first Chief Human Resources Officer for the Government of Canada, establishing the Office and role in 2009.  From 2007 to 2009, she was the first woman Deputy Minister at Fisheries and Oceans Canada; and from 2004-2007, she was President of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Québec. 

Ms. d’Auray started her professional career as the head of Canada’s then-largest advocacy organization for cultural industries and the arts, from 1985 to 1989. She started her career in the Government of Canada’s public service in 1990 at the National Film Board of Canada as director of Corporate Affairs, Distribution and Communications.

From 1994 to 1996, she headed the Privy Council of Canada’s Intergovernmental Communications Secretariat and from 1996 to 1997 was director general of communications for Industry Canada. In 1998, she headed the Government of Canada’s Task Force on Electronic Commerce at Industry Canada and was responsible for the organization in Canada of the 1998 OECD Ministerial Conference on Electronic Commerce. This was followed by positions at Canadian Heritage as assistant deputy minister of strategic management (1999 to 2000) and at Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat as the Government’s Chief Information Officer (2000 to 2004), where she headed the Government of Canada’s on-line initiative that made Canada a world leader in electronic service delivery.

Ms. d’Auray was appointed Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Canada to the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development, in Paris, on January 21, 2015.