Margaret Gillis

Margaret GillisMargaret Gillis is a highly respected, senior executive with over 30 years of experience in the Federal Government of Canada (Ottawa) with an expertise in the field of health promotion and programming for the aged, women and children at risk.  She brings an energy, enthusiasm and wisdom with a unique combination of skills and expertise and a passion for progress.

She has substantive experience in policy development and innovative approaches to social policy. Margaret’s most recent leadership role was the Senior Director of the Division of Children, Seniors and Healthy Development at the Public Health Agency of Canada where she was responsible for over $112 million in annual programming for at risk children.

As Senior Director, she also served as the Canadian Representative at the Organization of American States, Institute for Children.  As Director of the Division of Aging and Seniors she developed a new relationship between Canada and the World Health Organization, as well as other key leaders in private/public sectors, to design and implement the Age-friendly Communities initiative.  This strategic partnership resulted in a now well-established international development movement to improve the lives of older people.

Margaret was also instrumental in the creation of an international development response to assist-empower older people in emergency situations, culminating in Canada’s presentation of guidelines for governments to protect the elderly to the United Nations Commission for Social Development.  Margaret’s work in this area was recognized by HRH Queen Elisabeth in an award at Windsor Castle in 2006, she also received the Canadian Public Service Award of Excellence for Innovation presented by the Clerk of the Privy Council, Head of the Public Service of Canada, in 2008. Margaret has earned a Masters of Public Administration, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada, 1982 and a Bachelor of Arts, Queens University, Kingston, Canada, 1980.