Louise Frechette

Doctor of Laws

Louise Frechette is Canada?s first Ambassador to the United Nations. Her appointment to this position in January 1992 crowned a career of more than 20 years in the diplomatic service of Canada. In the course of this career, she held a number of foreign assignments, serving in Canada?s Embassy in Athens, as Advisor to the Canadian Delegation to the 27th General Assembly of the United Nations, and as First Secretary at the Canadian Permanent Mission to the United Nations in Geneva. In 1985, she became Canada?s Ambassador to Argentina being at the same time accredited to Uruguay and Paraguay. She returned to Canada in 1988 to become Assistant Deputy Minister for Latin America and the Caribbean, in which position she directed the review of Canada?s relations with the region which led to Canada?s entry into the organization of American States. In January 1991, she was named to Assistant Deputy Minister for Economic Policy and Trade Competitiveness. Louise Frechette was born and raised in Montreal, the eldest of four sisters. She holds a B.A. from College Basile-Moreau, a Licenses en Lettres in History from the University of Montreal, and a post ?graduate diploma in economic studies from the College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium.