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Director, Indigenous Coordination and Engagement,
Employment and Social Development Canada

Adam Fritz

Adam Fritz is the Director of the Indigenous Coordination and Engagement (ICE) Division at Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC). He previously worked at the Public Service Renewal Secretariat within the Privy Council Office, as well as spending ten years in the Strategic Policy Branch of Environment Canada as the Manager of Northern Affairs and the lead on the Aboriginal Duty to Consult. Masters of Planning from Dalhousie University and a B.Sc. in Environmental Science from Carleton University.

Skills
  • Arctic knowledge
  • Indigenous knowledge
  • Environmental knowledge
  • Policy development
  • Problem solving
  • Collaboration
  • Cat herding
  • Strategic thinking

Senior advisor, Functional Guidance, Settlement and Language,
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada

Adel Ghié

Specializes in areas related to the Official Languages Act, Immigration Refugees and Protection Act and Grants and Contribution terms and conditions. Specifically working with stakeholders towards: reaching the target set by IRCC to increase French speaking newcomers settling into francophone communities outside Quebec;Raising awareness about the free Settlement services available in French; Advise on questions related to implementing the terms and conditions of Grants and Contributions.

Skills
  • Facilitator to reach agreements between two positions; build relations and consult with stakeholders
  • Propose ideas to solve issues within the reality of government operations
  • Identify strategies to reach short term, mid-term and long term objectives
  • Experience in implementing regulation and legislation to operations

Executive Director, International Affairs Division,
Treasury Board Secretariat

Alix Dostal

After working as an insolvency lawyer and as Chief of Staff to the Ontario Minister of Northern Development and Mines, Alix joined the federal public service in 2007 where she is currently the Executive Director of the International Affairs Division with the Treasury Board Secretariat.

Prior to her current role, Alix held several positions at Finance Canada including Senior Chief of Framework Policy and Chief of Financial Stability within the Financial Sector Policy Branch. She began her federal public service career at the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (now Global Affairs Canada). Alix holds a J.D. from the University of Toronto Law School and a Bachelor of Arts (Hons.) in Political Science from Dalhousie University.

Skills
  • Policy development
  • Economic policy
  • Trade policy
  • International affairs/relations
  • Financial regulation
  • Law

Senior Advisor, Inclusion and Diversity,
Office of Human Rights, Freedoms and Inclusion,
Global Affairs Canada

Anthony Michel

Anthony has worked for almost 10 years in the public service, including time with the Canada Revenue Agency, Canadian Heritage and Global Affairs. In previous careers, he was an instructor in the History Department at Carleton University and an Ottawa high school teacher. Active in policy innovation and foresight networks in the public service, Anthony’s area of policy expertise is Canadian identities and inclusion. He has a PhD in Canadian History.

Skills
  • Senior policy advisor on inclusion and diversity
  • Facilitator

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A/Assistant Director, Federal-Provincial-Territorial Relations Division,
Health Canada

Brent Lawlor

Brent Lawlor holds a senior position in intergovernmental relations at Health Canada. He has worked at Health Canada for more than ten years, gaining experience and progressively senior positions in health policy, pharmaceuticals policy, health product regulation and enforcement, and advising in senior executive’s offices. He has received various Deputy Minister and Senior Executives’ awards for performance and achievements throughout his career.

Brent previously worked in social services and the private sector and is a freelance writer and photographer. He holds a Master’s Degree in Political Economy a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and Philosophy, and he has completed coursework towards a PhD in Sociology.

Skills
  • Policy analysis/development
  • Strategic thinking
  • Strategic communications (writing, editing)
  • Quantitative and qualitative research
  • Leadership and mentorship

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Director,
Bureau of Program Policy, Risk Management and Stakeholder Engagement,
Natural and Non-prescription Health Products Directorate,
Health Products and Food Branch,
Health Canada

Cecilia Lei

Cecilia takes a lot of pride in serving Canadians. This was the intention that made her leave behind physics and down the path of public policy. Cecilia started her career at BC Parks, but much to the dismay of her provincial colleagues, was recruited shortly thereafter to Natural Resources Canada through the Policy Analyst Recruitment Program. Since then, some of her career highlights include negotiating for the Canadian delegation in the United Nations climate negotiations, working on Indigenous issues at the Privy Council Office, working on energy efficiency policy, and now regulating the natural health products and non-prescription drugs industry.

Cecilia graduated from the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor of Science in physics and a minor in philosophy, from Simon Fraser University with a Master’s of Science in physics, and from the University of Victoria with a Master’s of Public Administration, with a concentration on alternative conflict management.

Skills
  • Climate change
  • Indigenous issues
  • Environmental issues

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Crown Counsel,
Public Prosecution Service of Canada

Jay Alden Potter

Raised in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. Educated at McGill (BA), Carleton (MA), and the University of Toronto (JD). Public servant since 2007, with service at the Treasury Board Secretariat, Justice Canada, and the Public Prosecution Service of Canada (PPSC). My career has focused on the intersection of litigation and public policy, with an emphasis on Canada’s North, which I was introduced to through a posting with the PPSC in Nunavut from 2013-2015. After a stint at Justice Headquarters in a policy counsel role, where I advised on the recent legislation regarding medical assistance in dying, I have returned North of 60 to work with the PPSC’s NWT office as a Crown prosecutor. In the years to come, I aim to continue working alongside phenomenal public servants to strengthen the administration of justice in a manner that is sensitive to broader policy issues, especially promoting reconciliation between the Crown and Canada’s Indigenous Peoples.

Skills
  • Northern regions and Indigenous Canadians
  • Legal analysis and policy development
  • Organizational collaboration
  • Subject matter expertise in criminal and constitutional law

Senior Policy Analyst,
Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency

Jennifer Mullane

Jennifer Mullane is a senior policy analyst at the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA). Her files include the Atlantic Growth Strategy, high growth firms, trade and transportation infrastructure, cluster identification and analysis.

Her interest in policy started when she got a job in Ottawa as a research analyst in international affairs at Environment Canada shortly after graduating from a science degree at McGill (2005). Since then, she has also worked in policy at the Office of Greening Government Operations and Fisheries and Oceans Canada (Head Office, Maritimes Regional Office). She transferred to ACOA in 2015.

Jennifer enjoys working at the interface of policy and programs (whether it be economic development, science or otherwise). Bringing people together, putting the puzzle together, problem solving and building consensus are her areas of strength.

Skills
  • Engagement
  • Problem solving
  • Consensus building
  • Research
  • Policy analysis
  • Economic development

Regional Manager,
National Managers Community,
Atlantic Canada

Jodi Leblanc

Jodi Leblanc is Chair of the Federal Youth Network - a network encompassing all the interdepartmental and departmental youth networks across the country; substantial participation in the unique canada@150 initiative; noteworthy roles such as the National Secretary and Social Media lead for the Institute of Public Administration Canada (IPAC); in addition to essential service on the IPAC National Executive Committee and various subcommittees. She is also a member of the Canadian Government Executive Advisory Board and managed the New Professionals monthly editorial column for five years. Jodi is the Regional Manager, for the National Managers’ Community in Atlantic Canada.

Jodi graduated from the University of Prince Edward Island with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree, with certificates in Human Resources Management and Public Administration.

She received a Public Service Award of Excellence in 2012 for her dedication and leadership, and a Deputy Minister Medallion of Excellence in 2015 and 2016 for her service, compassion and respect for excellence.

Skills
  • Web 2.0
  • GC tools
  • Social media
  • Networking
  • Collaborator
  • Intrapreneur
  • Writer
  • Speaker
  • Facilitator
  • Employee engagement
  • Leadership and career development
  • Public service branding

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Senior Director, Demand Policy and Analysis,
Office of Energy Efficiency, Natural Resources Canada

Kaili Levesque

Kaili Levesque is the Senior Director, Demand Policy and Analysis in the Office of Energy Efficiency. Prior to joining Natural Resources Canada, Kaili was the Director of Strategic Policy at the Treasury Board Secretariat and with Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED) where she was the Program Director for the creation and implementation of the Strategic Investment Fund. During her time at ISED she was also the Director of Digital Policy, where she was responsible for ICT Policy, digital policy, digital access programs, and the support and growth of Canada’s digital economy.

Prior to this role, Kaili spent four years as a Senior Advisor with the Economic Sector of TBS, working on industry, science and technology, and regional development files. Kaili has also worked at the Policy Research Initiative, where she contributed to innovative approaches to policy research and development and canada@150, a year-long collaborative foresight and scanning exercise. Kaili has also worked on files such as the Business Development Bank of Canada, the Smart Regulation initiative, as well as medium-term policy research on regulatory, economic and social issues, including several publications.

Kaili has an MA in Public Administration from Carleton University and is also the Past-Chair of the Institute of Public Administration of Canada (IPAC)- National Capital Region, Member of the IPAC National Board, and President of the Carleton Alumni of Public Policy and Administration.

Skills
  • Strategic policy
  • Policy innovation
  • Evaluation/measurement
  • Design thinking
  • Advice on briefings/strategy
  • Networks
  • Collaboration
  • Co-design/development
  • FPT
  • Messaging and branding

Policy Analyst, Office of Nutrition Policy and Promotion,
Health Canada

Katie Faloon-Drew

Katie obtained a bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology at St. Francis Xavier University and a Master’s Degree at Queens University in Health Psychology/Health Promotion. Katie started in government in 2007 in the Healthy Living Unit at the Public Health Agency of Canada working on Federal/Provincial/Territorial physical activity promotion policy and initiatives. For the past five years she has been a policy analyst/program manager in the Office of Nutrition Policy and Promotion at Health Canada, working on files such as the revision of Canada’s Food Guide.

Skills
  • Health policy
  • Content specific policy analysis
  • Stakeholder relations and engagement
  • Health promotion
  • Federal/provincial/territorial experience

Senior Policy Advisor,
Transport Canada

Kingson Lim

Kingson Lim [MA (College of Europe, Bruges), B.Com (Hons.) (University of Ottawa) is a Senior Policy Advisor at Transport Canada and has spent over a decade in the Government of Canada. Key files have included the Canada-European Union Air Transport Agreement (Transport Canada), and the $4 billion Infrastructure Stimulus Fund (Infrastructure Canada). Kingson has also worked at the CBSA (Commercial Policy and Programs), CFIA (Corporate Risk, Planning and Reporting), and Service (Horizontal Operations). As a student, he has worked at DFAIT (Human Resources), PCO (Management Priorities and Senior Personnel Secretariat), and Correctional Service (Human Resources; Performance Assurance), as well as in the private sector (banks, high-tech, consulting) and academia. Kingson has owned a restaurant (Sopa Soups), loves aviation, and runs a dragon boat team (Something’s on Fire).

Skills
  • Smart communities
  • E-government
  • Open/transparent government
  • Small business
  • International trade and investment
  • European Union
  • Transatlantic relations
  • Security

Director, Program Evaluation,
Canada Revenue Agency

Kristen Petruska

Kristen joined the public service in 2006. In 11 years with the Canada Revenue Agency, she has worked in statistics, strategic policy, enterprise risk management, and as a strategic advisor to the Commissioner. Kristen was appointed to the executive rank in November 2016 as the Director of Program Evaluation. She is excited to contribute to the leadership of a diverse and innovative federal public service.

Skills
  • Strategic and horizontal thinking
  • Communication skills
  • Government and ministerial priorities

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Manager, Domestic Policy,
Chemicals and Environment Health Management Bureau,
Safe Environments Directorate, Healthy Environments & Consumer Safety Branch,
Health Canada

Louise Hayes

Louise Hayes is currently a Manager in Health Canada’s Safe Environments Directorate where she works on domestic chemicals management policy. However, the bulk of her career has been spent working in and around Parliament. She has served as a Parliamentary Affairs Senior Policy Advisor for two federal departments, Chief, Legislation at Veterans Affairs Canada and has also worked as a Procedural Clerk for the House of Commons. Prior to joining the Safe Environments Directorate in April 2016, she also completed an assignment in the Treasury Board Secretariat’s Regulatory Affairs Sector working on regulatory policy. Before joining the Public Service she spent three and a half years working for a former federal cabinet minister as a Legislative Assistant and then Director of Communications in several portfolios. She has also worked for a national literacy organization training volunteers.

Louise has an undergraduate degree in Journalism and Political Science and a Master of Arts degree in Political Science, both from Carleton University. A proud Carleton Alumna, she has been involved in the Carleton University Alumni Association (CUAA) since 2007 and is currently serving as President of the CUAA.

Skills
  • Environment and Climate Change Canada
  • Chemicals Management Post 2020

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Transport Canada, Executive Ocean Protection Plans and Operation

Mark Matz

Mark Matz is the Executive Director Operations for the Oceans Protection Plan Secretariat. He comes to Transport Canada from Public Safety Canada, where he was Director of Policy for the National Cyber Security. Mark has worked in various policy and operational positions with the Government of Canada, including with the Privy Council Office and Canadian Heritage. Mark holds a Masters of Philosophy from the University of Oxford, which he attended as a Rhodes Scholar.

Skills
  • Web 2.0
  • GC tools
  • Social media
  • Networking
  • Values and ethics/conflict management

Policy Manager,
Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Matthew Chan

Matthew is a Policy Manager at the Canadian Food Inspection Agency in the Program Policy Branch. Mr. Chan has been working in the federal government for over ten years, as a policy professional in wide range of areas including intergovernmental relations, performance measurement, infectious disease policy, and program policy development. He has held a wide range of responsibilities including preparing for and responding to a range of national and international emerging infectious disease events.

Skills
  • Understanding of public policy
  • Experience working in a number of scientific and non-scientific departments and agencies
  • Ability to translate science into policy
  • Briefing senior management for results

Manager, Youth Policy & Partnerships,
Center for Health Promotion,
Public Health Agency of Canada

Matthew Enticknap

Born and raised in Brantford, Ontario, I received my Bachelor degree from Queen’s and my MA in Political Science from the University of Toronto. The first few years of my post-academic life were spent working as a journalist and corporate communications manager in Budapest, Hungary. Eventually, I heeded the call to return home and was hired into the federal public service in 2007 as part of the Management Training Program. My public service career to date has allowed me to gain experience in a diverse range of policy development settings, including positions at Treasury Board Secretariat and currently with the Public Health Agency of Canada.

Skills
  • Integration of science and evidence into policy
  • FPT / External stakeholders consultation
  • Policy development: central agency and line department roles

Treasury Board of Canada,
Chief Information Officer Branch –
Service and GC Policy and Community Enablement Division

Michael Karlin

Michael Karlin is a policy advisor currently with Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat’s Chief Information Officer Branch, where he specializes in digital service policy and strategy. Over his 10-year career with the public service, he’s had fun helping technical experts tell compelling stories to senior officials, Ministers and the public. He has worked closely with senior managers to help them manage their priorities and identify emerging issues, including reorganizations and budget exercises. In this capacity he has won numerous policy and innovation awards, as well as three chili cookoffs. Prior to his time at TBS, Michael worked in diverse roles at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Canada Border Services Agency and the Public Health Agency of Canada.

Michael holds a BA from Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario; and an MA and LLM from the University of East Anglia in Norwich, UK. He had a hard time concentrating in his twenties.

Skills
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Foresight
  • Start up
  • Competition policy
  • International affairs

Senior Policy Advisor,
Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency

Miriam Padolsky

Miriam joined the federal government in 2006 and has worked at the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency, the Privy Council Office, Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada, and Health Canada.

Skills
  • Policy development
  • Science policy
  • Environmental policy
  • Health policy
  • Indigenous and Northern affairs

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Labour Relations Advisor,
Correctional Service Canada

Natalie Vautour

Natalie started her career with the federal government as a COOP student with the Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages (OCOL) in Ottawa. She later accepted an indeterminate position as a Commerce Officer with Industry Canada but returned to OCOL shortly after to work as an investigator. In 2007, Natalie returned to her home town of Moncton, New Brunswick where she eventually found her place at Correctional Service Canada (CSC), where she still works today as a Labour Relations Advisor. Over the last ten years, Natalie has worked in most human resources fields at CSC: Official Languages, Employment Equity, HR Programs, Staffing and Labour Relations. She is always striving to make CSC an employer of choice, especially in the Atlantic Region.

Natalie’s professional leadership activities include involvement in the CSC Atlantic Region Youth Network, participation in the Canada@150 initiative, past President of the New Brunswick Federal Council’s Official Languages Committee, and active member of the CSC GCWCC committee and Wellness Committee.

Skills
  • Regional perspective on policy analysis and development
  • Government HR related legislations and policies
  • Open and Transparent Government and Feminist Government

Director General,
Electricity Resources, NRCan

Niall O'Dea

Niall O’Dea is Director General of Electricity Resources at Natural Resources Canada. Niall joined the Government of Canada in 2006, working first at Environment Canada on policy, legislative and regulatory proposals for reducing industrial greenhouse gas emissions and subsequently at the Privy Council Office providing advice to the Prime Minister, Cabinet and the Clerk of the Privy Council on proposals and policy issues under the responsibility of the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, the Minister of Natural Resources and the Minister of the Environment. He joined Natural Resources Canada in 2011 as Director of Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation and was, most recently, Senior Policy Advisor to the Deputy Minister of Natural Resources. Niall completed undergraduate degrees in biology and philosophy at Memorial University of Newfoundland, and a masters and doctorate at Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar. His post-graduate work focused on understanding and managing the impacts of deforestation on cloud forests in the Ecuadorian Andes.

Skills
  • Creative thinking
  • Strategy
  • Team-building
  • Leadership

Senior Strategic Advisor,
Canadian Border Services Agency

Nicole Elmy

Nicole Elmy has worked in Calgary and Toronto in the financial sector, including senior roles at the Royal Bank of Canada and the Toronto Stock Exchange.

In 2006, following a move to Ottawa, she joined the public service with the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI), where she assisted in the development of advanced data analytics systems.

Today Ms. Elmy is the Senior Strategic Advisor to the Chief Architect and Director General EA/IM at the CBSA. She is the Vice-Chair of the Aboriginal Advisory Circle (AAC) and actively champions Indigenous recruitment and retention efforts.

Ms. Elmy has graduated from the civil service’s DirEXion Executive Management Program. For her service to Canadians, Ms. Elmy was awarded the coveted Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012.

Skills
  • Public versus private
  • Innovative environment
  • Technology/management domains
  • Policy and systems development
  • Motivator

Director, Evaluation and Results,
Global Affairs Canada

Nicole Giles

Dr. Nicole Giles has a BA Honors [Political Science and History], Queen’s University, 1998; MPhil. [International Relations], University of Oxford, 2001: DPhil. [International Relations], University of Oxford, 2005 worked as a Retained Lecturer at the University of Oxford prior to joining the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade in 2005. Dr. Giles worked as Deputy Director for the Nuclear and Radiological Security and as Director for Nuclear Security, Submarines and Policy. She has published on missile defense and nuclear strategy. Dr. Giles also served as Director for the Counter-Terrorism and Anti-Crime Capacity Building Programs Division prior to becoming Canada’s High Commissioner to Guyana, Ambassador to Suriname and Representative Plenipotentiary to CARICOM in 2013.

She was Director General for International Assistance Management at Global Affairs Canada 2015-17, and is now Director General for Evaluation and Results.

In 2013, Dr. Giles was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal in recognition of her contributions to Canada.

Skills
  • International Security (Traditional and Non-Traditional)
  • International Trade
  • Results and Delivery Agenda
  • Evaluation to Improve Policy and Programming

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Team Lead,
Senior Policy Advisor,
Multilateral Engagement Unit,
Global Border Management (International Affairs),
Canada Border Services Agency

Ralph Jean-Poix

Ralph Jean-Poix graduated from Université Laval (Quebec) with a Masters in Management and Organizational Development. He also completed a Bachelor in Business Management. Since joining the federal public service in 2003, Mr. Jean-Poix has work in the fields of human capital policies and corporate planning in various federal organizations such as Treasury Board Secretariat, Transport Canada and Employment and Social Development Canada.

Since 2015, Mr. Jean-Poix joined the Canada Border Services Agency and has worked on advancing the Agency’s priorities at various international organizations and with Canada’s most trusted allies on immigration, trade, public health, and national security related issues.

Skills
  • Negotiation
  • Communications
  • Planning
  • Wide domain awareness on issues related to immigration
  • National security and trade
  • Networking
  • Facilitation

Policy Analyst,
Privy Council Office

Rob McLeary

Rob has been with the Government of Canada for 15 years. Most of his career has been with Western Economic Diversification in Winnipeg where he worked on a variety of files including planning, performance measurement, Indigenous economic development, and trade. Recently, he moved to Ottawa to work in the Privy Council Office’s Public Service Renewal Secretariat.

Skills
  • Planning, reporting, performance measurement
  • Foresight tools and techniques
  • Indigenous topics
  • Public service renewal efforts

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Patent Examiner

Sajith Bandaranayake

B. Eng in Electrical Engineering, specializing in wireless communications. Work experience in Intellectual Property Law and Patent Examination working for the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO). Interests include volunteering, travel and community work, as well as continuous learning.

Skills
  • Science
  • Technology
  • Business

Senior Business Analyst

Samuel Ileso

I am a Senior Manager within the Labor Market Analysis Directorate of Service Canada Atlantic Region. I manage a team of Economists and Analysts in conducting research and analysis for the development of socio-economic and labor market information products aimed at helping Canadians make informed labor market decisions, thereby facilitating their life transitions.

Skills
  • Socio-economic research and analysis
  • Consultative and technical expertise
  • Operations of Service Canada in the Atlantic Region
  • Mentorship, economist and analyst

Deputy Regional Director and Senior Counsel,
Aboriginal Law Services

Sukhi Sidhu

I have worked in the public service for over 16 years. I began as an FSWEP student and then articled and practiced law in the Edmonton office. I live in Edmonton with my family, but am originally from British Columbia.

Skills
  • Leadership
  • Writing project plans/business case
  • Advocacy
  • Public speaking
  • Legal considerations

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Founder and Game Designer,
TabTalks

Tabatha Soltay

I am a networker, opportunist, intrapreneur and a process innovator focused on designing and building card games that change how we interact. I have been called an Agent of Chaos, Game Changer and General Do'er; I believe that from chaos comes great opportunity. I create, challenge and deliver new ways of seeing old problems.

I am the Founder of TabTalks where I custom design serious games to help communities or stakeholders make connections between ideas and/or people and find win-win situations. These custom designed games allow for collaboration on complex problems and empower individuals and communities. My most recent launch has been Can I Help? a card game designed to create a safe space for open conversations around mental health and workplace wellbeing.

Skills
  • Gamification and serious gaming
  • Facilitation and workshop / event design
  • Experience in Strategic Foresight (beyond the canada@150 experience)
  • Lived experience in the canada@150 experience
  • Use of Web 2.0 and social media to share (appropriately)

Senior Policy Advisor to the Director General,
Commercial Programs,
Canada Border Services Agency

Ted Laurentius

Ted started his career in the Public Service in 2004 as a student and was bridged in a year later. Since that time, Ted has worked as an analysis in the areas of social and science policy for the departments of Human Resources and Social/Skills Development Canada and Natural Resources Canada. In 2014, Ted moved to the Canada Border Services Agency where he has held senior program policy positions. Last year Ted was nominated as the Co-Chair of the CBSA’s Next Generation Network; a network dedicated to assisting the Agency’s renewal efforts by building communities and facilitating the development of employee driven initiatives.

Skills
  • Energy management
  • Critical thinking
  • Organization/structure
  • Policy analysis