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Honourable Pierre S. Pettigrew, P.C.

Chair, The Warwick Commission

pettigrew.jpgThe Honourable Pierre Pettigrew has had a distinguished career with success in both public and private sectors. He has led a number of senior departments in his 10 years as a minister in successive governments of Canada.

In 1996, prior to his election to Parliament as the member for the constituency of Papineau in March 1996, Prime minister Jean Chrétien appointed him Minister of International Cooperation and minister responsible for “la Francophonie”.

Minister Pettigrew was promoted to the key social & economic department of Human Resources Development in October 1996 and from 1999 to 2003, he was a most active minister for international trade in the Chrétien Government and Minister for Foreign Affairs in the Martin Government

In December 2003, Prime Minister Paul Martin appointed him Minister of Health, Minister of Intergovernmental affairs and Minister responsible for official languages. He was also the senior minister for Québec in the Government of Canada.

Between 1985 and 1995, Pierre Pettigrew was vice-president of Samson Belair Deloitte & Touche International (Montréal) where he acted as international business consultant.

Pierre Pettigrew served as foreign policy advisor in the Privy Council Office to Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau from 1981 to 1984. He also served as chief of staff to Liberal leader Claude Ryan during the first referendum in 1980.

An Oxford graduate, Pierre had been director or the Political committee of the Nato assembly in Brussels in the late 1970’s.

Pierre is currently back with Deloitte & Touche in Toronto as Executive Advisor, International.

You can watch a video interview with Pierre on our interactive pages