Associate Deputy Minister Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada
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 2007 to 2013, Richard was the Assistant Deputy Minister of the Law Enforcement and Policing Branch at Public Safety Canada, where he provided strategic leadership and policy advice to the Minister of Public Safety in carrying out his responsibilities for the RCMP. In this capacity, Richard led the successful multi-billion dollar negotiation of the 20 year RCMP Police Services Agreements with contracting provinces, territories and municipalities and worked on numerous program and policy files in support of the Government’s law and order agenda.
Prior to joining Public Safety Canada, Richard held a number of executive positions with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans. Richard began his public service career in 1993 with the Department of Justice, practicing in the areas of Public and Aboriginal law.
Richard holds a Bachelor of Laws degree (L.L.B.) from Queen’s University, and is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada. He is a graduate of the Public Service Advanced Leadership Program and the Senior Managers in Government course from the Harvard Kennedy School of Public Administration.