Ms. Labonté was a Canadian federal official for 32 years. Until the spring of 2014, she was Director General, Northern Policy and Science Integration at the Department of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development. In that capacity, she developed and sustained the federal government’s policy framework and related program initiatives for the Canadian North: Canada’s Northern Strategy. She led planning for Canada’s High Arctic Research Station; oversaw the delivery of Canada’s Arctic Research Infrastructure Fund, provided guidance on the Canadian program for the International Polar Year, was instrumental in the creation of Canada’s Northern Regional Development Agency (CanNor); and, provided policy leadership for Canada’s chairmanship of the Arctic Council.
She was appointed as Fellow Circumpolar Affairs at Queen’s School of Policy Studies in 2011 and contributed to the 2011-12 academic program and other endeavors of the School while on Interchange assignment.
Ms. Labonté contributed to a wide array of policy/program fields in both line departments as well as with the Privy Council Office. She also participated in several change management initiatives and program reviews. Ms. Labonté holds a Bachelor Commerce with Honours from Carleton University.