Maureen O'Neil has been President and Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Health Services Research Foundation since 2008. Previous positions include President of the International Development Research Centre, Interim President of the International Centre for Human Rights and Democratic Development, President of the North-South Institute and Deputy Minister of Citizenship for the Government of Ontario. Ms. O'Neil has been a member and/or Chair of numerous Boards, including the Advisory Board to the Minister of Foreign Affairs; the International Centre for Human Rights and Democratic Development (Chair); Canadian Foundation for the Americas (Chair); the Institute for Women, Law and Development; and the Board of Governors, Carleton University (Chair). Ms. O'Neil currently serves on the Board of Directors for the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IIDEA), is co-chair of the World Economic Forum's Digital Divide Supervisory Committee, and is a member of the Markle Foundation's Global Digital Opportunity Initiative. She represented Canada on the UN Commission on the Status of Women and on Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) committees. She has also been a member of the UN Committee for Development Planning and the UN Research Institute for Social Development. Ms. O'Neil has a BA in Sociology from Carleton University and Honorary doctorates of law from Carleton University and Wilfrid Laurier University.
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