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Michèle S. Jean (Canada)

  • President of the Canadian Commission for UNESCO
  • Officer of the National Order of Québec (2008)
  • Doctor with Honours in Law (1995)
  • President of the International Bioethics Committee of UNESCO (2002 – 2005)
  • Michele S. Jean started her career as a journalist for The Sun, in Québec. She then resumed studies at the University of Montreal, graduated as BM in History Studies (1975) and a BM in Adult Education (1974). She was appointed Special Advisor to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs with the European Commission, position she held from 1998 to 2000. She was Vice-Minister of Health from 1993 to 1998 and ran office as Secretary of State from 1992 to 1993. Between 1980 and 1982 Mrs. Jean chaired the Study Commission governing Adult Vocational Training and Socio-cultural development (Québec) before she became Expert Advisor with the UNESCO International Institute for the Development of Education in Paris. While conducting hers task as President of the International Bioethics Committee of UNESCO, she has led works that resulted in the adoption of the Universal Declaration on Bioethics and Human Rights. She is now Guest Researcher with the Center for the Research in Civil Rights, at the Law School, University of Montreal.
  • Mrs. Jean was nominated as one of the TOP_TEN “Women of the Year” of Québec in 1979 and became “Woman of the Year” by the O´Sullivan College of Montreal in 1981.
  • She has written many books and publications, among which to note: “A history of Québec Women”, “From the New France to our days”, and “The action of learning, a voluntary and responsible initiative”. Throughout her multi-dimensional career, Mrs. Jean has participated in a great many international events on Bioethics and Adult Vocational Training in Latin America, Asia and Europe.