A long-time public servant, eight-time marathon runner, and international tax expert, Sophie Chatel was born in Montreal, lived in different areas of Québec, and arrived in Pontiac with her family in 2002. After the September 2021 election, Pontiac voted in Sophie as the first female representative for her riding.
Sophie attended Law School at the University of Montreal from 1991-1994 and received a Master’s degree in tax from the University of Sherbrooke in 1997. In addition to passing the bar, Sophie became a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) in 2000. After working as a tax advisor for several accounting and law firms throughout Quebec, Sophie joined the Canadian Revenue Agency’s Ruling Directorate in 2002. Settling in the Limbour neighborhood, Sophie also discovered the natural beauty and cultural diversity of her riding. An avid hiker, runner, skier and cycler, Sophie conquered every trail of Gatineau Park, while seasonal scout camps brought her from Low to Otter Lake and also to Fort Coulonge and Sheenboro. Inside the Scout movement, Sophie developed a passion for storytelling, penning fantastic legends that reportedly still put goosebumps on the skins of now grown men and women.
In the adult world of public service, Sophie shuffled between increasingly senior positions in the Legislative Policy and Appeals Branch, before a long tenure at the Department of Finance where she served as senior treaty negotiator. In 2017, Sophie moved to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in Paris where she head the Tax Treaty Unit and led a working group made up of 136 countries. Sophie collaborated with international delegates, leading academics, economists and tax officials from various international organizations including the UN, OECD, World Bank and IMF, and tax directors of multinational companies. One thorny challenge of the 2017-2021 era was adapting the international framework for taxing the digital giants.
In May 2021, Sophie briefly returned to the Department of Finance to lead the drafting of the Canadian Digital Services Tax Act. On August 9, 2021 Sophie left the public service to run for Parliament. Although Sophie left many colleagues and friends behind, she felt called to join in to tackle the challenge of our generation: climate change.
In rolling up her sleeves to represent the various communities of Pontiac, Sophie will put the mottos of the scout movement and the OECD to work: “toujours prêt!” and “better policies for better lives”.
Sophie Chatel and her husband Tom are the proud parents of twin sons: Evan and Vincent.
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