Kathy Langlois

Kathy Langlois
Deputy Chair, IIMHL
Director General
First Nationals & INuit Health Branch

Kathy Langlois is Director General of Community Programs in the First Nations and Inuit Health Branch, Health Canada, and is responsible for health promotion and prevention programs related to mental health and addictions, children and youth programming, and chronic disease and injury prevention.


Kathy has worked at the federal and provincial levels of the public service in Canada for more than 28 years. She has been in the health field for over half of her career, contributing to the reform of the health system at the provincial level and to the delivery of First Nations and Inuit health programs at the federal level. Notable career accomplishments include: the development and implementation of investments in health promotion and disease prevention in partnership with First Nations and Inuit; international development work in Namibia on cabinet decision-making processes; the development and implementation of a provincial safe drinking water strategy; and the development of a First Nations Gaming Framework. Kathy is currently the Deputy Chair of the International Initiative on Mental Health Leadership’s Sponsoring Country Leadership Group.


Kathy holds a Masters Degree in Public Administration from Carleton University (OttawaCanada) and a Bachelors Degree in Social Sciences (Political Science) from the University of Ottawa. Kathy is dedicated to realizing the shared vision of vibrant First Nations and Inuit communities supporting the physical, mental, emotional, cultural and spiritual health of individuals and families.