Champions for departmental initiatives

Departmental Champions are senior executives who, in addition to carrying out their regular responsibilities, act as spokespersons to help achieve departmental objectives. They also promote programs and initiatives within the Department.

The Champions are responsible for:

  • Promoting the program, initiative or Community of Practice within the Department;
  • Making recommendations on initiatives and events;
  • Working closely with their senior management colleagues;
  • Making presentations with respect to the people, initiative or Community of Practice at management committees;
  • Attending events, workshops, etc.; and
  • Chairing advisory committees.


Blueprint 2020

  • Champion: James Gilbert


  • Champion: James Gilbert
  • Co-Champion: Brenda Baxter

Gender Based Analysis

  • Co-champions: Christine Campbell and Christine McDowell

Employment and Social Development Canada Charitable Campaign

  • Champion: Gail Johnson

Indigenous Perspectives

  • Champion: Paul Thompson
  • Co-Champion: Heather Backhouse

Informal Learning and Development

  • Champion: Lorri Biesenthal

Mental Health in the Workplace

  • Champion: Sara Filbee

Official Languages

  • Co-Champions: Claire Caloren and Stephen E. Johnson


  • Co-Champions: Cliff Groen and Mary Ann Triggs

Ethical Workplace

  • Co-Champions: Jason Won and Daniele Besner
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