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Chantal Hebert

National Affairs Columnist - Toronto Star

Ms. Hébert is a national affairs writer with the Toronto Star and a guest columnist for L’Actualité. She is a weekly participant on the political panel at Issue on CBC’s The National, as well as on Les Coulisses du Pouvoir and the Montreal show C’est pas trop tôt on Radio-Canada.

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Presentations

National Affairs: Politics from Coast to Coast
Hebert looks at what’s making news across the country and examines how political developments are impacting Canadians from coast to coast.

Awards

2012
Order of Canada

2006
Hyman Solomon Award
York University | Pinnacle Achievement Bryden Alumni Award

2005
APEX Public Service Award



  • She was absolutely spot on. She was warm and light when we met beforehand and then a compelling speaker at the lecture itself…We couldn’t have been happier. The international audience knew little of the Canadian story but learned so much and in such an engaging way just be hearing her speak of her own experiences. She is so intelligent -- which is exactly the kind of speaker academic audiences love.


    - International Gender and Language Association
  • You provided a high powered and thought-provoking keynote address that got many delegates thinking about the recent federal election and the political landscape in Canada. As professionals working to advance the cause of education in Canada it was very valuable to get your thoughts on where education stood on the political agenda.

    - Canadian Council for the Advancement of Education (CCAE)
  • Everyone LOVED Chantal...she definitely was a success and was always named in the top two presenters of the Conference when we were asking people about their personal highlight of the event.

    - Canadian Bar Association
  • Chantal Hébert . . .may be the country's most consistently insightful analyst of federal politics, especially as it plays in Quebec.

    - Maclean's

Summary Profile

Ms. Hébert began her career in Toronto as a reporter for the regional newsroom of Radio-Canada in 1975 before moving on to Parliament Hill for Radio-Canada.  She has served as parliamentary bureau chief for Le Devoir and La Presse. Ms. Hébert is a graduate of Glendon College, York University.

She is a Senior Fellow of Massey College at the University of Toronto and holds honorary doctorates from Bishop’s,York University, the University of Western Ontario and Concordia University.  She is a recipient of two Asia-Pacific media fellowships (Malaysia and Japan).  She is the 2005 recipient of the APEX Public Service Award.  In 2006, she received the Hy Solomon award for excellence in journalism and public policy, as well as York University’s Pinnacle Achievement Bryden Alumni award.

Ms. Hébert’s second book titled The Morning After  was published in September 2014.  In 2014 she won a National Magazine Award (gold) for her political column in L’actualité. She is an officer of the Order of Canada.