Julie Miville-Dechêne was a journalist, a senior public servant, and is a strong voice for gender equality and women’s rights. She holds a graduate degree in conflict prevention and resolution from the Université de Sherbrooke, a Master’s Degree in journalism from Columbia University, and a Bachelor’s Degree in political science from the Université du Québec à Montréal.
For more than 25 years, Ms. Miville-Dechêne was a journalist at Radio-Canada, working as a news service and public affairs program correspondent in Washington, Toronto, Ottawa, and Montréal. In 2007, she became the first woman appointed to the position of ombudsman for Radio-Canada.
In 2011, she was named Chair of the Quebec government’s Conseil du statut de la femme. In that capacity, she advised the government and contributed to numerous research reports on gender equality issues. Ms. Miville-Dechêne then served as the Quebec’s representative in the Permanent Delegation of Canada to UNESCO, and was appointed by the Quebec government as envoy for human rights and freedoms in 2017.
Ms. Miville-Dechêne is the recipient of the Reconnaissance UQAM Award, the Raymond-Charette Award for the exceptional quality of her French in broadcast journalism, and the New York Festivals Award for her report on children and terrorism, Les enfants et le terrorisme.