Biographical note: Nancy Smyth


Nancy Smyth (BA Hons [French, German], McMaster University, 1987; MA [International Affairs], Carleton University, 1991) joined Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada in 2005 as deputy director for Policy Planning (2005 to 2008) and acted as deputy head in the Transformation Office (2008 to 2009). She also worked with Employment and Social Development Canada as a director in the Program Operations Branch (2010 to 2015) and as director of International Policy Coordination at Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (2015 to 2016). Prior to working in government, she spent over a decade with Canada’s International Development Research Centre in several program and policy positions, including working in the South Africa office (1995 to 1997). Most recently, Ms. Smyth served as the director general for Social Development in Global Affair Canada’s Global Issues and Development Branch (2016 to 2020).

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