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Chantal Beauvais

Chantal Beauvais serves as the sixth rector—the first lay rector as well as the first female rector—of Saint Paul University, founded in the 1800s by the Oblates of Mary Immaculate. She was invited to the Faculty of Philosophy of Saint Paul University in 2001, where she revitalized the department, became vice rector of administration in 2007, and then became rector in 2009. As a student, she was a warrant officer and then a second lieutenant in the Canadian Cadets. She worked at Noranda Mines Inc. and then became a student teacher as a member of the Sisters of Charity of Ottawa. After two years with the Sisters, Beauvais chose to return to accounting and began her studies in philosophy. While studying philosophy, she worked as a military chaplain at CFB Gagetown and was a member of the Advisory Panel of Research Ethics for the Government for Canada. Beauvais earned a master’s degree and a PhD at the University of Ottawa, specializing in the relationship between faith and reason, and a post-graduate diploma in public administration.