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Denis Ricard

Secretary-General of Organization of World Heritage Cities


Denis Ricard holds a bachelor’s degree in social sciences, an honours degree in political sciences and a master’s degree in international relations. 

The quasi-totality of Denis Ricard’s career has been in the field of international relations in the private and public sectors as well as international organizations and in politics. Mr. Ricard has occupied many executive positions for the Governments of Canada and Quebec as well as in many international organizations. 

Denis Ricard has been Deputy Secretary General of The experiment in international living of Canada, Executive Director of The Oversees Book Center, Deputy Director General of Canada World Youth, Executive Director of the Association des intervenants en toxicomanie, Chief of Staff of the Minister of Employment and Immigration of Canada, Chief of Staff of the Minister of the Environment of Canada, Deputy Chief of Staff of the Prime Minister of Quebec, Deputy Minister of the Department of International Relations of the Government of Quebec, Director General of Summits of World Leaders, Senior Advisor to the Governments of Senegal, Mauritius, Benin and Vietnam for the organization of Summits of World Leaders and Senior Advisor for the United Nations Biodiversity Programs (UNEP). 


Denis Ricard is presently Secretary General of the Organization of World Heritage Cities, whose General Secretariat is located in Quebec City, Canada.