John Knubley

Board Chair and Deputy Minister of Industry Canada

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 as Deputy Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs at the Privy Council Office, leading the organization and management of the First Ministers Meeting that year on the Economic Action Plan. Prior to this, he was Associate Deputy Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, as well as Associate Deputy Minister of Natural Resources Canada.

From 2002 until 2006, John lived in Halifax where he served as Vice-President (Nova Scotia) of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency.

John joined the Privy Council Office in 1994 as Director of Operations, Intergovernmental Affairs and he served there when a First Ministers Meeting was held to recognize the achievement of the Agreement on Internal Trade and during the period of the last referendum. From 1996 to 2002, he took on several positions at Human Resources Development Canada, including Assistant Deputy Minister of Corporate Affairs and Planning as well as of Employment Insurance.

In 1990 he was appointed Director, Strategic Investment Analysis, at Investment Canada.  In 1992, he became Director, Microeconomic Analysis, when Investment Canada became part of Industry Canada.

From 1985 to 1990, John worked in policy at the Federal-Provincial Relations Office, involved in the Meech Lake negotiations as well as the federal-provincial aspects of the Canada-U.S. Free Trade Agreement. John’s career in the public service began in 1980, with the Economic Council of Canada.

John has a B.A. from Yale University and a Master of Philosophy, Politics and Economics from the University of Oxford. He also obtained a post-graduate diploma from the Institut Européen des Hautes Études Internationales in Nice, France, as well as a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.

John also worked in the private sector for Thomas d’Aquino and Intercounsel Limited.

John is married with three children.

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