Who We Are

Erica Bach, Senior Advisor

Photo of Erica BachErica Bach joined the Office of the Extractive Sector Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Counsellor, Government of Canada, as Senior Advisor in July 2010. Erica brings to this role a background in legal practice, international development and government, and she has considerable legal human rights experience.

Previously, Erica worked in the Legal Bureau of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada (DFATD). As Legal Officer, she provided legal analysis and advice on Canada’s international legal obligations in the area of human rights, and represented Canada in multilateral negotiations relating to human rights.

Prior to joining the Canadian federal government, Erica worked internationally, including for a refugee rights project in South Africa, a rule of law initiative with the legal profession in Zimbabwe, and a justice sector reform project with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Mozambique.

Erica began her legal career with Macleod Dixon LLP in Calgary after completing a clerkship at the Court of Queen’s Bench and the Court of Appeal of Alberta in Edmonton. She holds a dual degree LL.M. from New York University and the National University of Singapore, an LL.B. from Dalhousie University and a B.A. from Concordia University.

Erica has completed the Basics of Geology, Mining & Metallurgy course at Queen’s University. As well, she has completed coursework through Harvard University’s Program on Negotiation and the Facilitation and Mediation of Public and Environmental Conflicts course through CDR Associates. Erica is also working on the Udall Certificate in Environmental Collaboration at the US Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution.

She can be reached at Erica.Bach@international.gc.ca.

Elizabeth Nadeau, Administrative Assistant

Photo of Elizabeth NadeauElizabeth joined the office of the CSR counsellor in March 2013. As Administrative Assistant, she is responsible for general administrative support for the office and serves the primary liaison with multiple external service providers, vendors and travel providers. Prior to joining the CSR office, Elizabeth worked at Statistics Canada for 7 years.   Elizabeth has extensive experience in the fields of administration, and customer service and is bilingual in French and English.

Responsibilities of the CSR Counsellor and staff of the Office

The Extractive Sector CSR Counsellor is appointed in an Order-in-Council by the Government of Canada. The CSR Counsellor is a Special Advisor to the Minister of International Trade.

Governor-in-Council appointees are required to perform their duties in the public interest. Their personal and professional conduct must be beyond reproach. Consequently, the government has established clear conflict of interest and post-employment rules for public office holders, in the Conflict of Interest Act, which explain the steps to be taken to avoid real or apparent conflicts between their private interests and public responsibilities. 

The Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner is responsible for ensuring compliance with this Act. Appointees discuss their circumstances in confidence with officials in the Office of the Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner.

Governor-in-Council appointees are also subject to the Ethical Guidelines for Public Office Holders and the Guidelines for the Political Activities of Public Office Holders.

The CSR Counsellor is also a Designated Public Office Holder (DPOH). Such public office holders have certain responsibilities under the Lobbying Act. Upon assuming a Governor in Council position, the appointee must ensure that all obligations under the Lobbying Act and its regulations are met. The Commissioner of Lobbying is responsible for ensuring compliance with this Act. Appointees may discuss their circumstances in confidence with officials in the Office of the Commissioner of Lobbying.

All staff are public servants of the Government of Canada and are subject to the Values and Ethics Code for the Public Service.