Janice Charette became the Clerk of the Privy Council and Secretary to the Cabinet on May 28, 2022 – following her tenure as Interim Clerk, which began on March 9, 2021.
Prior to rejoining the Privy Council, Charette was the High Commissioner for Canada in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and agreed to serve as Interim Clerk while Ian Shugart is on medical leave.
From October 2014 to January 2016, Charette was Clerk of the Privy Council and Secretary to the Cabinet. Previously, she was Deputy Clerk of the Privy Council and Associate Secretary to the Cabinet (2013-2014), as well as Associate Secretary to the Cabinet and Deputy Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs (2010-2013).
In addition, Charette has held several senior leadership positions in the public service, including: Deputy Minister for Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (2006–2010, Deputy Minister for Citizenship and Immigration Canada (2004–2006) and Associate Deputy Minister for Health Canada (2003–2004).
Charette attended Carleton University, where she received a Bachelor of Commerce degree, and she was granted an honorary doctorate from Kingston University, United Kingdom. In March 2021, Charette received the ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors. The designation represents a commitment to excellence in the boardroom and the highest standards of leadership.