Maureen O’Neil is President of the Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement. Previous positions include President of the International Development Research Centre, Interim President of the International Centre for Human Rights and Democratic Development, President of the North-South Institute, and Deputy Minister of Citizenship, Government of Ontario.
Ms. O’Neil is Chair of the Board of the United Nations (UN) Research Institute for Social Development, a member of the board of e-Health Ontario, a member of the Board of Directors for the Centre for International Governance Innovation and a member of the board for the Global Development Network. She is also the Chair of the McGill Institute for Health and Social Policy Advisory Board. She is former Chair of the Board of Trustees of the International Institute for Environment and Development, the International Advisory Group, IDRC’s Think Tank Initiative, and the Advisory Council on Corporate Social Responsibility of Canada’s Export Development Corporation. She has chaired the Board of Governors of Carleton University and has also represented Canada on the UN Commission on the Status of Women and on OECD committees, and has been a member of the UN Committee for Development Planning and the Board of the UN Research Institute for Social Development. Ms. O'Neil has chaired or been a member of boards or committees of several not-for-profit organizations.
In June 2011, Ms. O’Neil was named an Officer of the Order of Canada for public service, recognizing her contributions to international development, gender equality and human rights.
Ms. O’Neil has a BA in Sociology from Carleton University and Honorary LLDs from Wilfrid Laurier University, Carleton University and the University of Ottawa.