Associate Deputy Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, Lori MacDonald


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Lori MacDonald was appointed Associate Deputy Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship in August 2018.

Prior to this appointment, Ms. MacDonald served as Assistant Deputy Minister of the Safety and Security Group for Transport Canada. She held a vast array of responsibilities that ensured the safety and security of our transportation system, including the development and oversight of relevant policies, standards, laws, and regulations, as well as the support and facilitation of a sound safety and security culture that also facilitates economic growth.

With 35 years of experience in Public Service, Lori has held a variety of positions within Public Service, including in the Correctional Services of Canada and Public Safety.

Lori has extensive experience at the senior executive level and has developed policy and programs at the local, regional, and national levels of the government. She has championed many projects related to women, Indigenous, and mental health issues. She has extensive experience in operations at all levels of government and has played a leadership role in developing managerial and leadership capacity among teams and managers in the government.

Her affinity for marginalized groups, her passion for progress, and her enthusiastic leadership are evident throughout her career.

Lori holds a diploma in Law and Security Administration from Loyalist College in Belleville and a degree in Criminology with a concentration in Law from Carleton University in Ottawa.

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