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Désirée McGraw

Désirée McGraw

  • Member for Notre-Dame-de-Grâce
  • Quebec Liberal Party
  • Temporary Chair
  • Member of the Office of the National Assembly
  • Official Opposition Critic for Social Economy
  • Official Opposition Critic for Social Solidarity and Community Action
  • Official Opposition Critic for the Estrie Region


Born in Montréal in 1969
Married and mother of four children


  • Executive education program, Leadership for the 21st Century, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University (2013)
  • Executive seminar, Emerging International Issues, Jackson School of Global Affairs, Yale University (2013)
  • Mini-MBA, Executive Development Course, Desautels Faculty of Management, McGill University (2012)
  • Graduate program in international relations (MPhil, PhD (ABD)), Commonwealth Scholarship, London School of Economics and Political Science (2000)
  • Bachelor’s degree in economics, School of Community and Public Affairs, Concordia University (1993)
  • Diploma of college studies, Collège Jean-de-Brébeuf (1989)

Professional Experience

  • Special adviser to the president of Philanthropic Foundations Canada, the de Gaspé Beaubien Foundation, the chair of Aqua Forum and the Rossy Foundation (2020-2022)
  • Special adviser, appointed by the federal Minister of the Environment and Climate Change, to the China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development (2017-2020)
  • President and Head of College, Pearson College (international college in British Columbia) (2015-2019)
  • President and Executive Director, Jeanne Sauvé Foundation (2008-2015)
  • Co-founder and national speaker, Climate Reality Project Canada (2007-2010)
  • Lecturer on international development, McGill University (2001–2003 and 2007–2009)
  • Policy director, office of the Minister of International Cooperation, and adviser to the Prime Minister of Canada on international cooperation (2004-2006)
  • Adviser to the Canadian delegation, 11th Conference of the Parties (COP11) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (2005)
  • Communications and external relations officer, McGill School of Environment, McGill University (2001-2002)
  • Adviser to the Canadian delegation, 5th Conference of the Parties (COP5) to the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (2000)
  • Public affairs attaché, High Commission of Canada in the United Kingdom, in London (1998)
  • Reporter and writer, Earth Negotiations Bulletin, International Institute for Sustainable Development (1993-1997)
  • Youth ambassador, Earth Summit, and Canadian youth delegate, United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (1991-1992)

Community and Political Involvement

  • Advisory committee member, Foundation for Black Communities (2021-2022)
  • Advisory council member, Banff Forum (2018-2022)
  • Board member, Foundation for the Study of Processes of Government in Canada and Forum for Young Canadians (2016-2021)
  • Québec delegate, Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference (2015)
  • Named one of the 8 most influential women in Québec by Premières en affaires (2015) and one of the 100 most influential women in Canada by the Financial Post and WXN (2014)
  • Young Global Leader, World Economic Forum (2010-2015)
  • Board member, Oxfam-Québec (2009-2013)
  • Board member, Villa Maria College (2007-2010)
  • Board member, Queen Elizabeth Health Complex (2003-2010)
  • Board member, Head & Hands (1989-1992)