Graham Flack

Graham Flack became Deputy Minister of Employment and Social Development in October of 2018.

In 1995, Graham joined the Privy Council Office to work on the Quebec referendum campaign, Secession Reference and Clarity Act and became its Director of Strategic and Legal Affairs. Following 9/11, he became Director of Operations responsible for developing and implementing the Canada-US Smart Borders Declaration and Action Plan and for developing Canada’s National Security Policy - Securing an Open Society.

In 2005, Graham joined Natural Resources Canada as Associate Assistant Deputy Minister of Energy Policy where he supported negotiations around the Mackenzie and Alaska pipelines and worked on files ranging from climate change to the response to the North American electricity blackout.

In 2006, he joined the Department of Finance as Assistant Deputy Minister, International Trade and Finance where he worked on international development, trade and finance issues including the G7 and G20 response to the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression.

From 2010 to 2013, he was Associate Deputy Minister then Acting Deputy Minister at Public Safety Canada whose mandate is to build a safe and resilient Canada by addressing risks such as natural disasters, crime and terrorism.

In 2013 and 2014, Graham was Deputy Secretary to the Cabinet (Plans and Consultations and Intergovernmental Affairs) at the Privy Council Office.

From 2014 to 2018, he was Deputy Minister of Canadian Heritage.

Graham is the founding chair of the Deputy Minister Committee on Policy Innovation and Deputy Minister Champion for Dalhousie University.

He developed and coordinated a government-wide recruitment program which, over the last two decades, has attracted hundreds of exceptional Canadians to the federal public service and he is a recipient of the Public Service Award of Excellence.

Graham received degrees in political science and economics from Dalhousie and Oxford University where he was a Rhodes Scholar. He is a former law clerk of the Supreme Court of Canada and graduated with an LL.B. from Dalhousie University and an LL.M. from Harvard University.

He is married to a fellow Bluenoser and has two teenagers who are bemused by his efforts to try to stay current with the popular culture of millennials.

Graham Flack
Graham Flack
Deputy Minister of Employment and Social Development
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