Alexandra Conliffe

Alexandra Conliffe is the Director of the Policy Innovation Platform at the Brookfield Institute for Innovation + Entrepreneurship. The platform assists policy professionals in generating innovative solutions to challenges in today’s society. Engaging multidisciplinary teams and applying new approaches and tools to complex policy issues, the platform aims to demonstrate the power of leveraging the collective intelligence of skilled, forward-thinking and civically minded individuals to accelerate change. Between 2013-16, Alex was VP Operations at Engineers Without Borders Canada (EWB), a movement… Read more

Richard Wex

In September 2015, Richard Wex was appointed Associate Deputy Minister, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).  Prior to joining IRCC, Richard served as the Vice-President, Programs Branch, Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA). In this capacity, he was responsible for policy and program development at the CBSA covering the full span of the CBSA’s mandate from facilitating low risk travel and trade to strengthening the CBSA’s security posture to prevent illegal goods and people entering or staying in the country. From… Read more

Karen Aulie

Karen Aulie is the Chair of the Saskatchewan Public Service Commission.  She began her career in the Saskatchewan public service in 1985 as an analyst with the Ministry of Finance.  She then moved to the Public Service Commission where she served in a variety of positions.  From 1998 to 2007, she was the Director of Human Resources and Corporate Services with the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture.  She returned to the Public Service Commission as Assistant Chair of the Human Resource… Read more

Deborah Richardson

Deborah Richardson, LL.B, BA is a seasoned intergovernmental affairs executive and Indigenous relationships expert. A business-savvy lawyer, with nearly two decades of private, not-for-profit and public sector experience, Deborah is a true visionary and deal-maker with an abundance of wisdom and experience in addressing inter-governmental affairs matters at all levels of government. Her caring, collaborative style and ability to nurture relationships have demonstrated wide-ranging impacts in the field of Indigenous affairs Canada-wide. A forward thinking, fiscally responsible leader, she has… Read more

Jean-François Tremblay

Jean-François Tremblay was appointed Deputy Minister, Infrastructure and Communities on March 2, 2016. Prior to this appointment, he was the Deputy Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities (TIC) between July and March 2016. Before joining the TIC portfolio, Mr. Tremblay was Deputy Secretary to the Cabinet (Operations), Privy Council Office, since April 22, 2013. Previously, he was with Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada, where he held the position of Senior Assistant Deputy Minister, Treaties and Aboriginal Government, from 2012… Read more

Gina Wilson

Gina Wilson began her career in her First Nation community of Kitigan-Zibi as Executive Director of Health and Social Services and as Director of the Wanaki Treatment Centre. Ms. Wilson was a Senior Manager with the Assembly of First Nations (AFN), a national Aboriginal organization representing First Nation communities in Canada when she joined the Federal Government in 1996 and for five years served as Director General, Aboriginal Affairs at Correctional Service Canada. In 2003, Gina became Director General at… Read more

Bryce Conrad

Bryce Conrad is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Hydro Ottawa Group of Companies (Hydro Ottawa), a leading energy provider that distributes electricity to more than 305,000 homes and businesses in the Ottawa area and generates more than 142,000 megawatt hours of clean, renewable energy per year. Prior to joining Hydro Ottawa, Mr. Conrad served as Assistant Deputy Minister – Program Operations at Infrastructure Canada, where he managed the implementation of the $4 billion Infrastructure Stimulus Fund, overseeing the… Read more

Nancy Chase

Nancy Chase is a Partner with the Advisory Services practice of KPMG, Ottawa. Nancy is a member of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants and the Institute of Internal Auditors, and is currently the co-Chair of the IIA Audit Leaders Committee – Ottawa Chapter. She has been a member of the Board of the Ottawa Chapter since 2005. Nancy has over 16 years’ experience in value-for-money and internal audit, financial audit, compliance audit, management control assessments, documentation and testing of… Read more

John Knubley

On September 17, 2012, John Knubley joined Industry Canada as Deputy Minister. John comes to the department from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, where he served as Deputy Minister since 2009. There he supported the development and implementation of Bill C-18, The Marketing Freedom Act, which eliminated the monopoly of the Canadian Wheat Board, as well as the completion of negotiations with provinces of a new five-year suite of agricultural programs oriented to innovation and market development. In 2008, John served… Read more

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