Associate Deputy Minister of National Defence



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Biography Stefanie Beck

Stefanie Beck

Stefanie Beck

Stefanie Beck joined National Defence as Associate Deputy Minister effective January 31, 2022, bringing with her a wealth of senior leadership and diplomatic experience.

Ms. Beck first joined the then Department of External Affairs in 1990. She served abroad as a political officer in Dakar, Senegal, and Canberra, Australia, and was Ambassador to Cambodia between 2002 and 2004, and to Croatia between 2004 and 2006.

Upon her return from abroad, Ms. Beck served as Senior Departmental Adviser to the Minister of Foreign Affairs between September 2007 to September 2008, where she served two ministers and managed three transition periods.

More recently, Ms. Beck held a range of senior positions where she was responsible for common services at Canada’s diplomatic missions abroad, including cross-government governance.

She then went on to lead trade, development and foreign policy, and programmes and operations on a multitude of sensitive issues as Assistant Deputy Minister for Europe, Arctic, Middle East and Maghreb at Global Affairs Canada.

Her senior leadership roles also included three and a half years at Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) as Assistant Deputy Minister of Corporate Services, where her responsibilities included Human Resources, Information Management and Information Technology, Security, Accommodation and Procurement. While at IRCC, she was part of the team leading the successful operation to bring Syrian refugees to Canada in 2015 and early 2016.

Between November 2018 and October 2020, she was the Assistant Secretary to Cabinet, Priorities and Planning at the Privy Council Office, where she led work on Whole of Government priority setting and policy development, including through transitions to new mandates, and most recently, through the COVID crisis.

Immediately prior to her appointment to National Defence, Ms. Beck served as Deputy High Commissioner to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and Alternate Representative to the International Maritime Organization, a role she held between October 2020 and January 2022.

Ms. Beck grew up on several continents, attended high school in Singapore and St Catharines, ON, and has a BA in German and Italian from McGill University.

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