Deputy Minister of International Development

Leslie MacLean

On Friday, December 6, 2019, the Prime Minister appointed Leslie MacLean as Deputy Minister of International Development, effective Monday, December 9.

Prior to this appointment, Ms. MacLean was chief operating officer for Service Canada from July 2016 until December 2019.

From 1995 to 2016, she served Canadians in a range of other leadership roles in the public service, including associate deputy minister of Fisheries and Oceans Canada from 2014 to 2016 and assistant secretary, Social and Cultural Sector, with the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat (TBS) from 2011 to 2014.

Before assuming her responsibilities with TBS, Ms. MacLean served as the assistant commissioner of Health Services for Correctional Service Canada from 2007 to 2011 and the director general of Health Canada’s First Nations and Inuit Health Branch between 2003 and 2007. She also held senior leadership roles with Communications Canada from 2000 to 2003 and the Veterans Review and Appeal Board of Veterans Affair Canada from 1995 to 1998.

In addition to her experience with Canada’s public service, Ms. MacLean was the executive exchange officer with the Government of Australia’s Department of Veterans’ Affairs from 1998 until 2000.     

Ms. MacLean holds an MA in English Literature from the University of Toronto and a BA in English Literature from the University of Prince Edward Island.

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