Associate Deputy Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, Caroline Xavier

Biography

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Caroline Xavier was appointed Associate Deputy Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada in February 2020.

Prior to this appointment, Ms. Xavier joined the Privy Council Office in June 2017, as the Assistant Secretary to the Cabinet, Security and Intelligence. In this capacity, she was responsible for advising and supporting the National Security and Intelligence Advisor on security, intelligence and emergency management issues. Ms. Xavier was the Co-Chair to the Cabinet Committee on Global Affairs and Public Security, and also served as secretary to Cabinet Committee on Incident Response Group.

Prior to that, Caroline was appointed in February 2016, as the Vice-President of the Operations Branch with the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA). Caroline had also been the Associate Vice-President of the Operations Branch after holding numerous key positions within the Agency since 2007. These included Director General (DG), Policy and Program Development, Enforcement Branch; DG, Corporate Secretariat, Corporate Affairs Branch; DG, Beyond the Border and Governance Implementation and Coordination/People Projects, Programs Branch.

Prior to joining the CBSA, Caroline held executive positions with Communications Security Establishment Canada, Industry Canada and the Canada Revenue Agency, where she gained experience at the corporate, program and operational levels.

Caroline’s varied background and wealth of experience, including in information management, information technology, enforcement, security and intelligence, project management and policy development.

Caroline has been with the public service for over 30 years and is a graduate of the University of Ottawa where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Administration, with a concentration in marketing and informatics. Caroline also holds an Executive Master’s degree in Electronic Commerce from Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia.

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