Lori Sterling became Deputy Minister of Labour and Associate Deputy Minister of Employment and Social Development on August 15, 2014.
Lori began her career with a private sector labour firm. In 1988, she moved to the Minister of the Attorney General of Ontario, Constitutional Law Branch, where she litigated at all levels, including the Supreme Court of Canada. From 2002 to 2007, Lori held two senior positions in the Ministry of the Attorney General of Ontario: Director of the Crown Law Office-Civil and Assistant Deputy Attorney General of the Legal Services Division.
In 2008, she became Deputy Minister at the Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs for the Government of Ontario. While in this position, the Ministry received the United Nations Public Service Award for its collaboration with Aboriginal communities and organizations. From February 2012 until July 2012, she served as Deputy Minister of Organizational Change in the Cabinet Office for the Government of Ontario. From July 30, 2012, until her present appointment, she was the Associate Deputy Minister of Justice for the Government of Canada.
Lori has sat on numerous external boards and committees including the Legal Aid Appeals Committee, the Law Society of Upper Canada Rules Committee, the Ryerson Indigenous Governance Institute, the Supreme Court of Canada Advocacy Institute, Pro Bono Law Ontario, the Niagara Parks Commission and Pearson College. She has published articles on constitutional and Aboriginal law issues, and has taught constitutional law at Windsor Law School and the National Judicial Institute. At ESDC, she is the sponsor of the Mental Health Framework.
She has an LL.M. (First Class Honours) from Cambridge University, an LL.B. from the University of Toronto Law School and an Honours B.A. in Economics from Queen's University.
Deputy Minister of Labour
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