Louise Levonian, a Canadian national, serves as Executive Director for Antigua & Barbuda, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Canada, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Ireland, Jamaica, St. Lucia, St. Kitts & Nevis and St. Vincent & the Grenadines at the World Bank Group since March 17, 2020.
Ms. Levonian also serves as Executive Director for Canada, Ireland and the Caribbean at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) since November 1, 2018.
Prior to joining the Bretton Woods Institutions, she served as Deputy Minister of Employment and Social Development from May 2016 to October 2018 She also served as the chair of the Labour Market Information Council, which identifies pan-Canadian priorities for the collection, analysis and distribution of labour market information during the same time period.
Prior to her appointment as DM, Ms. Levonian served as the Senior Associate Deputy Minister of Employment and Social Development and Chief Operating Officer for Service Canada for close to two years. She also served as the Chair of the Board of Management and Renewal Sub-Committee on Public Service Engagement and Workplace Culture for four years. In this capacity, she has helped shape the Blueprint 2020 exercise and ensured an engaged public service that is world-class and equipped to serve Canada and Canadians now and into the future.
Prior to joining Employment and Social Development Canada, Ms. Levonian served as Associate Deputy Minister for the Department of Finance. She worked at the Department of Finance from September 1995 to July 2014 with two intervals outside the Department: the most recent at the Privy Council Office of the Government of Canada as the Director of Operations (Planning) in the Priorities and Planning Secretariat; and one working for KPMG – Barents Group as a tax consultant. At the Department of Finance, Ms. Levonian also held several positions of increasing seniority including as Departmental Secretary in the Deputy Minister’s Office, Director of Business Income Tax, General Director (Analysis), and Senior Assistant Deputy Minister Tax Policy Branch. Ms. Levonian also held positions at the Treasury Board Secretariat and the Department of Transportation prior to joining the Department of Finance.
Ms. Levonian graduated from Queen’s University in 1990 with a Master of Arts in Economics, majoring in Public Finance and Industrial Organization. She was granted a Queen's University Graduate Scholarship in 1989–90. Ms. Levonian also obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Economics with High Honours at Carleton University and was on the Deans’ Honour List in 1988–89.