Janice Charette pursued her Bachelor of Commerce at Carleton University’s Sprott School of Business, graduating in 1984.
She was appointed Clerk of the Privy Council and Secretary to the Cabinet by Prime Minister Stephen Harper in October 2014.
Previously, she was Deputy Clerk of the Privy Council and Associate Secretary to the Cabinet. She also held the position of Deputy Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs from November 2010 to January 2013.
From July 2006 to July 2010, Charette was Deputy Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development Canada and chairperson of the Canada Employment Insurance Commission. Prior to that, Charette served as Deputy Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Canada and Associate Deputy Minister of Health.
Charette joined the Privy Council Office (PCO) as Assistant Secretary to Cabinet for Priorities and Planning in 2001 and was named Deputy Secretary to the Cabinet for Plans and Consultations in 2002.
Charette worked in the private sector from 1996 to 1999, first as Principal in the management consulting firm of Ernst & Young, and as Director of the Transition Team for the newly formed Canada Pension Plan Investment Board.
From 1994 to 1996, she worked at PCO as co-ordinator of the Base Closures Task Force and then on the Program Review exercise.
In the early part of her career, she worked for the Department of Finance, the Office of Privatization and Regulatory Affairs, the Federal-Provincial Relations Office and the Prime Minister’s Office.
Charette is Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors of the Royal Ottawa Health Care Group. In 2008, she was national chair for the United Way’s Government of Canada Workplace Charitable Campaign, raising more than $36 million for communities and national health charities across Canada.