Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs
The Prime Minister appointed Ian Shugart to the position of Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs effective May 16, 2016. Prior to joining our department, from July 2010 to May 2016, Mr. Shugart was Deputy Minister of Employment and Social Development Canada and chairperson of the Canada Employment Insurance Commission. Before that, he served as Deputy Minister of the Environment, and Associate Deputy Minister of the Environment at Environment Canada, where he was heavily involved in international climate change negotiations.
Before joining Environment Canada, Mr. Shugart held several senior positions in the health portfolio in which he served as senior assistant deputy minister (ADM); ADM, Health Policy Branch; visiting ADM, Health Protection Branch; and executive director of the former Medical Research Council (now Canadian Institutes of Health Research).
While working at Health Canada, Mr. Shugart was also actively engaged at the international level, serving as Chair of the Global Health Security Action Group and of the Health Task Force of Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, and as a director on the executive board of the World Health Organization.
Prior to this, Mr. Shugart served as assistant secretary to the Cabinet for Social Policy and Programs in the Federal-Provincial Relations Office of the Privy Council Office. He spent several years on Parliament Hill in senior advisory roles to the Minister of Energy, Mines and Resources, National Health and Welfare and to the leader of the opposition. He is a graduate in political economy from Trinity College at the University of Toronto.
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