Associate Deputy Minister of Health Canada - Dr. Harpreet S. Kochhar

Dr. Harpreet S. Kochhar was appointed Associate Deputy Minister of Health on April 1, 2020.

Harpreet Kochhar

Before joining the Department, Dr. Kochhar served as Assistant Deputy Minister of the Operations Sector for Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) since July 2017.

As Assistant Deputy Minister of Operations at IRCC, Dr. Kochhar led delivery of the Immigration, Citizenship and Passport programs across Canada and at missions and offices abroad. He also was responsible for key strategic projects for the Sector, including the Passport Modernization Initiative, Predictive Analytics, and a major transformation of IRCC’s operational delivery model.

Before joining IRCC, Dr. Kochhar was Associate Vice-President of Operations at the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) from 2015 to 2017. He was responsible for delivering inspection services across the country as well as managing more than 4,000 employees. He also served as Canada’s Chief Veterinary Officer and Canada’s Delegate to the World Organization for Animal Health. Dr. Kochhar was responsible for managing several high profile cases, including the official response to Canada’s largest beef recall (XL foods) to ensure the safety of Canada’s food supply.

Dr. Kochhar started his career by practising veterinary medicine as a small animal veterinarian in South Western Ontario. He also was Assistant Professor at the University of Guelph’s Ontario Veterinary College. He has a Master’s Degree in Veterinary Science and a Ph.D. in Animal Biotechnology from the University of Guelph.

On a personal note, Dr. Kochhar is an active fundraiser for JDRF and contributes to charities such as the Heart and Stroke Foundation, the Mental Health Institute, and the Liver Foundation. He was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for his professional and volunteer contributions, and was recently decorated with the Canada 150 Medal for community services.

In his spare time, he enjoys cooking as well as playing golf, volleyball, and skiing.

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