Secretary to the Governor General
Sheila-Marie Cook was appointed secretary to the Governor General and herald chancellor in September 2006. In February 2007, she received her commission as deputy of the Governor General. Originally from Granby, Quebec, she is a long-time resident of Calgary, Alberta.
Mrs. Cook has had extensive experience working in the federal public service and in para-public organizations, most specifically in strategic planning and management of Royal commissions, inquiries and public policy reviews. She was the executive director and commission secretary for the commissions of Inquiry into the Investigation of the Bombing of Air India and the Sponsorship Program and Advertising Activities. She was the senior advisor to the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples; the Public Review Panel on Tanker Safety and Marine Spills Capability; the Commission to Review Allowances of Members of Parliament; the Pacific Fisheries Resource Conservation Council, and the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Business Advisory Council. She has been the director of Administration and Finance for the Royal Commission on Economic Union and Development Prospects for Canada; the Royal Commission on Electoral Reform and Party Financing; the National Transportation Act Review Commission; the Commission of Inquiry into Certain Events at the Prison for Women in Kingston, and the Citizens' Forum on Canada's Future. She was also executive director of the public inquiry into the Fraser River Salmon Crisis in 1993, and of the Minister's Monitoring Committee on Change in the Department of National Defence and Canadian Forces.
Early in her career, Mrs. Cook served as legislative assistant to the late prime minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau. Mayor Ralph Klein appointed her as the City of Calgary's chief of protocol for the XV Olympic Winter Games. Mrs. Cook is a member of the board of the Alberta Literacy Foundation and is the communications advisor to the Parliamentary Precinct Oversight Advisory Committee. She is the recipient of the Queen's Jubilee Medal in recognition of Canadians who have helped create the Canada of today.