Sébastien Goupil / @SebGoupil

Sébastien Goupil, secretary-general of the Canadian Commission for UNESCO.

Sébastien Goupil was appointed Secretary-General of the Canadian Commission for UNESCO in August 2016. The Commission serves as the main link between civil society, governments and UNESCO in Canada. Prior to that, he dedicated most of his career to cultural and social policy development. He has held various senior-level positions in the federal public service, including as Acting Corporate Secretary and Chief of Staff to the Librarian and Archivist of Canada at Library and Archives Canada and as Director of Policy and Governance within Canadian Heritage’s Portfolio Affairs Office, which is responsible for one of the largest portfolios of federal organizations working at arms-length from government. Between 2010 and 2014, Sébastien was the first male to sit on the Executive Committee of Status of Women Canada, including as Director General of Policy and External Relations. In this role, he led policy development, research, intergovernmental affairs and international relations. He was also responsible for the government-wide implementation of gender-based analysis+, Canada’s approach to gender mainstreaming.

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