Emmanuelle Tremblay

Since January 2018, Emmanuelle Tremblay is a senior advisor at the Locally engaged staff Bureau of Global Affairs Canada. Between January 2015 and December 2017, Ms. Tremblay was elected National President of the Canadian Association of Professional Employees, a union representing 13,000 employees in the federal public service working as economists, statisticians, political analysts, social science researchers, as well as translators, interpreters and terminologists.

In her 15-year career with the federal government before becoming a full-time trade unionist, Emmanuelle held various positions at the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and then at the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD). During almost half of that period, she was Project Officer for the Russia and Colombia Programmes. She was the Senior Analyst for Children’s Rights and Protection, first from 2006 to 2008, and then again from 2012 to 2014. She also worked on the issue of civil society’s role in development aid between 2009 and 2012.

Before joining the CIDA, Ms. Tremblay worked for UNICEF in Russia and Central Asia in the late 1990s, in particular promoting justice for minors from the former USSR. She was also involved in the organisation Defence for Children International, first in the francophone Canada section, then at the international secretariat in Geneva, from 1993 to 1996. She is proud to have been present at United Nations General Assembly on 20 November 1989 for the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. A young adult at the time, she joined a group of Quebecois adolescents participating in that historic moment.

Ms. Tremblay has a Master’s degree in International Public Administration from the ÉNAP (Montreal) and has also studied human rights at the master’s level. She speaks fluent French, English, Russian and Spanish.