Joanne Lostracco - Biography

Ms. Joanne Lostracco is the Corporate Secretary at the Department of National Defence.  She is responsible for stewardship of the Defence Governance Framework, departmental liaison and professional support to the office of the Minister(s), Ministerial correspondence and integration of gender and diversity perspectives in Departmental strategies of the Department of National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces. 

Ms. Lostracco joined Canada’s Public Service in 2000 and spent her first years at Global Affairs Canada in a number of roles including in Cabinet relations and international trade negotiations and policy. She then moved overseas and taught international trade policy and international relations at the graduate and undergraduate level at Johnson and Wales University and the University of Gothenburg in Gothenburg, Sweden. 

Upon her return to Canada, Ms. Lostracco served in a variety of posts within the Public Service including at the Canadian Commercial Corporation where she provided strategic advice in the area of Canada-US defence industrial cooperation and the Canada-U.S. Defence Production Sharing Agreement (DPSA). 

Ms. Lostracco joined the Department of National Defence in 2015 where she served as Section Head, Continental Materiel Cooperation.  She was promoted to Director, Continental Materiel Cooperation in May 2017 and later became the Director General International and Industry Programs under the Assistant Deputy Minister of Material.  During this period of time she oversaw the negotiation of several international and U.S.- related MOUs, provided leadership related to national security reviews for export permit applications and represented Canada on several Five Eyes and NATO Boards of Oversight.

In September 2020, Ms. Lostracco was a student at the Canadian Forces College’s National Security Program. Ms. Lostracco has a BA (Hons) in Business and Political Science from the University of Waterloo and an MA in International Relations from Dalhousie University where she completed her thesis on Canadian Naval Policy. 

Ms. Lostracco is married and has one son and two step-daughters.

Official portrait of Corporate Secretary Joanne Lostracco

Joanne Lostracco, Corporate Secretary

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