Laurie-Anne Kempton - Biography

Assistant Deputy Minister (Public Affairs)

Laurie has worked in the Federal Public Service for 25 years. She has worked at multiple Departments developing outreach and engagement strategies. In 2006 she joined the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade working in Consular Services and Emergency Management where she led policy development and relationship management with like-minded countries.

In 2011, Laurie was appointed Director, Foreign Operations for Passport Canada where she managed the passport program and crisis response in over 200 embassies abroad. In 2015 she joined the Bank of Canada, leading stakeholder engagement and management. While there she was responsible for creating and managing the public consultation to put a Canadian woman on a bank note. In various roles at the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, she led Canada’s policy work for the G7 Ministerial on Oceans and the Sustainable Blue Economy conference in partnership with the Government of Kenya.

Most recently Laurie has worked as the Chief of Staff to the Clerk and Deputy Clerk of the Privy Council where she was responsible for providing strategic and operational advice to both the Clerk and Deputy Clerk as well as managing the day-to-day operations of Office of the Clerk of the Privy Council including working collaboratively with the Office of the Prime Minister and the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister. In July 2020, she was named the Assistant Deputy Minister of Public Affairs for the Department of National Defence.

She teaches Public Consultation and Engagement at the Carleton School of Journalism and Communications. Laurie has a Master of Science in Management from the Smurfit School of Business at the University College Dublin and a Bachelor of Arts from Carleton University. 

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