Ministers and Officials
Government departments are headed by ministers, who receive confidential advice from the public service and are held accountable for their decisions in Parliament and the country.
Deputy Ministers are senior civil servants who take political direction from the minister and are responsible for the department's day-to-day operations, budget and program development.
Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development (HRSD)
The Honourable Diane Finley is Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development.
Biography – The Honourable Diane Finley
Diane Finley was first elected to Parliament in 2004 and re-elected in 2006, 2008 and 2011. In February 2006, she was appointed Minister of Human Resources and Social Development, and in January 2007, she was named Minister of Citizenship and Immigration. She was appointed Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development in October 2008.
Ms. Finley began her professional career as an administrator at the University of Western Ontario's French Immersion School. Prior to her election, she held several senior positions in both the public and private sectors encompassing health care, transportation, agricultural equipment manufacturing, printing and publishing, and aviation.
In addition, Ms. Finley has been active with a number of organizations, including the Brant Community Care Access Centre, the National Standards Committee of the Paramedic Association of Canada, the Ambulance Service Alliance of Ontario, the Ontario Government Health Policy Advisory Council, and the Thyroid Foundation of Canada.
Ms. Finley has a bachelor's degree in administrative studies and a master's in business administration from the University of Western Ontario.
Minister of Labour
The Honourable Lisa Raitt is Minister of Labour.
Biography – The Honourable Lisa Raitt
Lisa Raitt was first elected to the House of Commons in 2008 and re-elected in 2011. She was appointed Minister of Natural Resources in October 2008 and Minister of Labour in January 2010.
Prior to her election to the House of Commons, Ms. Raitt was the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Toronto Port Authority (TPA). She had previously served as the TPA's general counsel and harbourmaster.
As a lawyer, Ms. Raitt specialized in the areas of intellectual property, commercial litigation and shipping arbitration.
She is a graduate of St. Francis Xavier University and holds a master of science degree from the University of Guelph. She earned her law degree from Osgoode Hall at York University.
Ms. Raitt is an active member of her community. She volunteered as a Halton canvasser and fundraiser for the Canadian National Institute for the Blind, and for her children's hockey, soccer and gymnastics organizations. In 2002, Ms. Raitt was invited to become a member of the Canadian chapter of the worldwide Young Presidents' Organization.
Ms. Raitt resides in Oakville and is the mother of two boys.
Minister of State (Seniors)
The Honourable Alice Wong is Minister of State (Seniors).
Biography – The Honourable Alice Wong
Alice Wong was first elected to the House of Commons in 2008. She was appointed Parliamentary Secretary for Multiculturalism in November 2008.
Prior to entering federal politics, Ms. Wong operated several family businesses, including one specializing in research and education. She has worked as manager of international programs at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, as well as coordinator of the Centre for Small Business and manager of international projects at the Vancouver Community College. She has also been a college lecturer and instructor at schools in Hong Kong and has extensive field experience in Europe, Asia and Africa.
Ms. Wong has served as a vice-president of several local community organizations and was a member of a number of local boards. She is also a guest host of current affairs programs on local Chinese and multicultural radio and television.
Ms. Wong moved to Canada 31 years ago from Hong Kong. She received her PhD in curriculum and instruction in 1993 from the University of British Columbia.
Ms. Wong and her husband, Enoch, have been married for over 25 years.
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of HRSD and to the Minister of Labour
Kellie Leitch is Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of HRSD and to the Minister of Labour.
Biography – Kellie Leitch
Kellie Leitch was first elected to the House of Commons in May 2011.
Dr. Leitch is a pediatric orthopedic surgeon and an associate professor of surgery. In addition to her work as a surgeon and professor, she also serves on various councils and boards, including the YMCA and Community Living.
Dr. Leitch has been recognized with the Order of Ontario for her advocacy work on behalf of Canadian children, and in 2005, she was selected as one of Canada’s "Top 40 Under 40" for her work in both medicine and business.
Dr. Leitch lives in Clearview, Ontario.
Deputy Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
Mr. Ian Shugart is Deputy Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development Canada.
Biography – Ian Shugart
Mr. Ian Shugart was appointed to the position of Deputy Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development and Chairperson of the Canada Employment Insurance Commission, effective July 26, 2010. Prior to this, he served as Deputy Minister of the Environment, and Associate Deputy Minister of the Environment.
Before joining Environment Canada, Mr. Shugart held several senior positions in the Health Portfolio where he served as Senior Assistant Deputy Minister (ADM) as well as ADM, Health Policy Branch; Visiting ADM, Health Protection Branch; and Executive Director of the former Medical Research Council (now Canadian Institutes of Health Research).
Mr. Shugart has also been engaged extensively at the international level, serving as Chair of the Global Health Security Action Group, and of the Health Task Force of Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation; and on the Board of the World Health Organization.
Prior to this, Mr. Shugart served as Assistant Secretary to the Cabinet for Social Policy and Programs in the Federal Provincial Relations Office of the Privy Council Office. He spent several years on Parliament Hill in senior advisory roles to the Minister of Energy, Mines and Resources, National Health and Welfare and Leader of the Opposition. He is a graduate in Political Economy from Trinity College at the University of Toronto.
Deputy Minister of Labour
Ms. Hélène Gosselin is Deputy Minister of Labour.
Biography – Hélène Gosselin
On March 3, 2008, Ms. Hélène Gosselin was appointed Deputy Minister of Labour. She was previously Deputy Head of Service Canada and Vice-Chair of the Canada Employment Insurance Commission from September 2006 to December 2008.
Before joining Service Canada in 2006, Ms. Gosselin had worked in a number of departments and agencies, including National Defence, the Privy Council Office, Canadian Heritage, Industry Canada, and the Treasury Board Secretariat.
She was Associate Deputy Minister of Health from 2004 to 2006. Prior to this, she was the Associate Deputy Minister of National Defence and served as Acting Deputy Minister from December 2003 to August 2004. From 2002 to 2003, she held the position of Deputy Secretary, Policy and Intergovernmental Affairs Secretariat at the Privy Council Office. From 2000 to 2002, Ms. Gosselin served as Assistant Deputy Minister, Strategic Policy, at Canadian Heritage, where she was responsible for Sport Canada, and international cultural policies and programs.
Ms. Gosselin holds a Master of Arts, Public Administration, from Carleton University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Bishop's University.
Senior Associate Deputy Minister of HRSD and Chief Operating Officer for Service Canada
Karen Jackson is Senior Associate Deputy Minister of HRSD and Chief Operating Officer for Service Canada.
Biography – Karen Jackson
On August 4, 2011, Karen Jackson was appointed Senior Associate Deputy Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development and Chief Operating Officer for Service Canada.
Prior to this, Ms Jackson served as Associate Deputy Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC). She also held three Assistant Deputy Minister positions in the Department: Income Security and Social Development, Skills and Employment and Workplace Skills.
Since joining the federal public service in 1984, Karen has held a number of progressively senior positions with HRSDC, Indian and Northern Affairs Canada, Employment and Immigration Canada, and the Royal Commission on the Economic Union and Development Prospects for Canada. She has extensive experience in policy development and program management in the areas of income security, social development, labour markets, learning, economic development and Aboriginal affairs.
Through an executive exchange program, she has worked in the not-for-profit sector as Director of the Public Involvement Program for the Canadian Policy Research Networks.
Born in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Karen has a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Political Studies from Queen’s University and a Master of Arts in Political Science from the University of British Columbia.
Associate Deputy Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
Ron Parker is Associate Deputy Minister of HRSDC.
Biography – Ron Parker
Ron Parker was appointed Associate Deputy Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development Canada on August 11, 2011. Prior to this, he served as Senior Assistant Deputy Minister of the Industry Sector at Industry Canada.
Mr. Parker began his career at the Bank of Canada. He then spent seven years at the Bank of Montreal working in its economics and trading sectors. He returned to the Bank of Canada in 1990 and served as Chief of Financial Markets and Advisor to the Governor. In 2003, Mr. Parker joined the Privy Council Office and was appointed Assistant Secretary, Liaison Secretariat for Macroeconomic Policy. In 2005, he was appointed Senior Assistant Deputy Minister at Industry Canada.
Mr. Parker holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Economics from the University of Saskatchewan and a Master of Arts in Economics from the University of Western Ontario.
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