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Ottawa, Ontario

6 March 2014


Prime Minister Stephen Harper today presented the Public Service of Canada's Outstanding Achievement Award to Renée Jolicoeur, Associate Deputy Minister of Public Works and Government Services. The ceremony at Rideau Hall, hosted by His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, honoured Ms. Jolicoeur for her leadership, vision and commitment to innovation.

Throughout her career, Ms. Jolicoeur has maintained an unwavering commitment to modern, client-focused government services. Her accomplishments include transforming the Government's outdated pension administration into a seamless and centralized electronic system, and modernizing the compensation function by creating a fully automated and consolidated compensation service centre. In addition, in her role in support of the Receiver General of Canada, Ms. Jolicoeur ensured that financial data collected from more than 130 federal organizations for the annual production of the Public Accounts of Canada was accurate, automated and sustained.

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  • The Government of Canada introduced the Outstanding Achievement Award in 1966.
  • This Award is considered the highest expression of recognition for senior public servants in the Public Service of Canada. It is presented to senior public servants whose leadership has been distinguished by a sustained commitment to excellence, with an emphasis on modernizing service delivery, building the public service as a vibrant national institution geared towards future needs, or enhancing Canadian interests globally.
  • The Award emphasizes the importance that the Government attaches to efficient operations in the public service and to the provision of quality service to Canadians.


"I am pleased to present the prestigious Outstanding Achievement Award to Renée Jolicoeur for her exceptional work over the course of her career. Ms. Jolicoeur is a world-class innovator who has transformed outdated government pension and pay systems into cutting edge operations that have saved taxpayers money, provided better services to Canadians, and which are envied around the world. She epitomizes the very best qualities in a public servant - namely integrity, remarkable devotion to the public and to the country, and the ability to generate results."

- Prime Minister Stephen Harper

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