Annick Bergeron - Secretary-General
Annick Bergeron took office as Secretary-General on December 18, 2017.
A lawyer by training, Ms. Bergeron possesses more than 25 years of experience in the academic sector, in private practice, as well as in the federal government and the Quebec government. In 2005, she was named Director of Legal Affairs at the University of Montreal. Prior to joining the University of Montreal, Ms. Bergeron was a partner at Robinson Sheppard Shapiro law firm where she litigated before various Canadian and Quebec courts on constitutional, civil and commercial matters. She began her career at the law firm of McCarthy Tétrault, and subsequently worked for the Public Curator of Québec, as well as the tax branch of the Department of Justice of Canada. Ms. Bergeron is a graduate of the Faculty of Law at the University of Montreal and in 2018 obtained a Diploma in Business Administration (MBA) from MCGill University in conjunction with HEC Montréal.
The Secretary-General is the University’s most senior advisor on governance issues, providing members of the University community with information, advice and interpretations related to the University’s governance framework. Pursuant to the University of Ottawa Act, 1965, the Secretary-General of the University is also the Secretary of the University’s Board of Governors and Senate and their respective committees. In this capacity, he or she coordinates and facilitates the activities of these bodies in order to ensure the effective functioning of the University’s bicameral system of governance. The Secretary-General also oversees the activities of the University Secretariat as well as its legal services, archives, and access to information and privacy offices.