Secretary to the Minister,
Department of National Defence
Anita Vandenbeld was first elected as the Member of
Parliament for Ottawa West—Nepean in 2015.
Ms. Vandenbeld is an international expert on
democracy and human rights. She has worked in over 20 countries on inclusive
governance and women's leadership, including with the United Nations
Development Programme (UNDP) Democratic Governance Group in New York. There,
she managed a multi-partner international network that aimed to promote
women's political participation.
Ms. Vandenbeld was also a senior advisor with the
UNDP in Bangladesh, and with the Organization for Security and Co-operation
in Europe (OSCE) Mission in Kosovo. In 2008, she was awarded the Canadian
Peacekeeping Service Medal in recognition of her work in Kosovo.
In addition, Ms. Vandenbeld served as resident
director for the National Democratic Institute in the Democratic Republic of
the Congo, worked with OSCE in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and worked with the
Canadian Parliamentary Centre on post-conflict democratic development in the
Balkans. She also conducted a study on women's leadership for UNDP in
Vietnam and trainings on women's leadership in Haiti.
Born and raised in Alberta, Ms. Vandenbeld obtained
her undergraduate degree at the University of Calgary before completing a
Master of Arts in History at York University.