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Diane Girard was appointed as the Corporation’s first Values and Ethics Commissioner on September 19th, 2016. Her role is to provide employees with guidance and support on ethics matters, be the first point of contact for concerns and complaints regarding the Code of Conduct and related policies, as well as develop and manage the Corporation’s ethics program. Before her nomination as Commissioner,
Ms. Girard practised as an ethics consultant for organizations from the public, private and professional sectors for 20 years. Prior to that, as a trained lawyer, she practised labour law for many years.
A recognized authority in the field of organizational ethics, she has published numerous book chapters and articles in such journals as Gestion and Éthique publique. She also conducted a two year study on practices in organizational ethics in Québec, with 107 participant organizations of the private, public and health sectors.
Helping managers and employees develop their ethical leadership and capabilities has always been important for Ms. Girard, which is why she lectured for 15 years in business and organizational ethics at McGill University, and also taught similar courses at Laval University and Université de Sherbrooke.
Ms. Girard holds a master’s degree in business administration (MBA), a master’s degree in law and a postgraduate diploma in applied ethics. She also completed a PhD in management and ethics at HEC Montréal.
She is the founder and past president of the Quebec Organizational Ethics Network (RÉOQ). She sat on the board of the Ethics Practitioners' Association of Canada (1999 -2003), and served as its Quebec regional coordinator in a volunteer capacity for 13 years. She also sat on the board of the Canadian Human Rights Foundation for a few years