The newly elected MP for Compton–Stanstead, MarieClaude Bibeau, has been named Minister of International Development and La Francophonie.
For the past 15 years Bibeau has lived and worked in the riding. She is the co-owner of Camping de Compton, an award-winning tourism business. Prior to starting Camping de Compton, Bibeau worked for the Canadian International Development Agency. She was posted in Ottawa, Montreal, Morocco and Benin during her career at CIDA.
Born and raised in Sherbrooke, Bibeau earned a Bachelor’s degree in economics and a graduate diploma in environmental management from the Université de Sherbrooke.
Bibeau is very active in the community. She was the director of accreditation for the 2013 Canada Summer Games when Sherbrooke served as host. She was a member of the board for Commerce Sherbrooke, Destination Sherbrooke and Animation Centreville. She was the secretary of the Compton revitalization committee and a member of the strategic planning committee of the regional county municipality of Coaticook. She is also the former chair of the governing board of École Louis-St-Laurent in Compton.
Bibeau served as the executive director of the Sherbrooke Museum of Nature and Science and founded the Regroupement des institutions muséales des Cantons-del’Est, an association of museums in the Eastern Townships. She also served on the board of the Société des musées québécois.
Bibeau’s husband, Bernard Sévigny, is the Mayor of Sherbrooke.