Clare Beckton

Vice Chair

B.A., L.L.B., M.P.A

Clare Beckton is the founding Executive Director of the Centre for Women in Politics and Public Leadership. She is a former senior executive in the Government of Canada, including roles as head of the agency for Status of Women in Canada and led the Aboriginal Affairs Portfolio of Justice Canada, as Assistant Deputy Attorney General, from 1998 until June 2004. In 1996, Clare became Senior General Counsel with Human Resources Development Canada Legal Services, and served there until her appointment, in 1998, as Assistant Deputy Attorney General, Aboriginal Affairs, Department of Justice. Clare taught law at Dalhousie University and published a number of articles on the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedom, some of which were cited by the Supreme Court of Canada. Clare is also the author of Own-it Your Success, Your Future, Your Life.

She is a recipient of a Fulbright scholarship and Littauer fellowship, studying at Harvard Kennedy School of Government in 2004-2005. She serves on a number of boards including the Harvard Women’s Leadership Board, Canadian Board Diversity Council advisory board, she is vice-president of the College of Homeopaths of Ontario and is a member of UNICEF’s 25th team to promote maternal and newborn health in developing countries. She served on the Queensway Carleton Hospital board as vice-chair and as chair of the Board. She has been recognized by WXN as one of Canada’s 100 most powerful women, along with other recognitions for her leadership. Clare Beckton was selected by the Women’s Executive Network for a Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award in both 2008 and again in 2012. She is also the recipient of a Canada 125 Medal. She has been recognized by Women of Influence as a Canadian diversity champion. In 2015 she was honoured with a leadership award for advocacy by Canadian Women in communications and Technology. She blogs for the Huffington Post and is a sought after speaker.