Louise Blais began her career as an Art Theft Analyst at Interpol. She then managed the Development Program at the National Archives of Canada before joining the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade in 1996. She has served abroad as Counsellor at the Embassy in Washington and the Tokyo and as Minister-Counsellor for Political Affairs at the Embassy in Paris and Consul General in Atlanta. In Ottawa, she has held the positions of Director of the Public Diplomacy Division and Executive Director of the Rotational Staff Division.
From September 2017, Louise Blais will be the Ambassador and Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York.
Louise Blais has been a member of numerous boards including the Helen Hayes Awards in Washington DC, the Cultural Alliance of Greater Washington and the Tokyo International Film Festival. She is also an alum of the Herbert Quandt Foundation’s Trans-Atlantic and World Young Leaders Forum. More recently, she joined the Board of the Rotary Club of Atlanta and Board of Advisors of the Atlanta Ballet. She is also a Distinguished John Robson Lecturer at Emory University. She is dedicated to the advancement of women entrepreneurship and has led her team to launch the first ever North America Summit of Women in Business. This has become an annual event in Atlanta.