IRCC Minister Transition Binder 2021: Biographies of IRCC’s Senior Management

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Deputy minister

Catrina Tapley

Ms. Catrina Tapley was appointed Deputy Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada on August 19, 2019. Prior to this, she was the Deputy Secretary to the Cabinet (Operations), Privy Council Office.

Before joining the Privy Council Office, Ms. Tapley was with Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada from 2010-2016, serving as Senior Assistant Deputy Minister for Strategic and Program Policy and as Associate Assistant Deputy Minister. She was responsible for leading Canada’s immigration and citizenship policy pertaining to the selection and admissibility of permanent and temporary residents and refugees, and helping all newcomers integrate into Canadian society and the economy including through Canadian citizenship.

In 2011, Ms. Tapley played a senior role in the creation and negotiation of the Beyond the Border Action Plan as a part of the Beyond the Border Working Group. The Beyond the Border Action Plan is a Canada-United States agreement on economic competitiveness and perimeter security.

Before joining Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, Ms. Tapley held numerous positions at the Treasury Board of Canada’s Secretariat. It was during this time that she played an integral role in the policy and legislative process for the development of the Federal Accountability Act. As the Executive Director, Security and Justice Division, she was responsible for management and financial oversight of sixteen different federal departments and agencies in the public security and justice portfolios.

Before 2006, Ms. Tapley held executive positions at Human Resources and Skills Development Canada and at Fisheries and Oceans Canada.

Associate deputy minister

Caroline Xavier

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.

Federal Lead on Proof of Vaccine Credentials and Associate Deputy Minister

Scott Jones

Scott Jones was appointed Federal Lead on Proof of Vaccine Credentials and Associate Deputy Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada in August 2021.

Prior to this appointment, beginning in October 2018, Mr. Jones worked as Head of the Canadian Centre for Cyber Security, Communications Security Establishment Canada (CSE).

Since beginning his career in 1999, Mr. Jones has held various positions at the CSE, including Assistant Deputy Minister of IT Security, acting Assistant Deputy Minister of Corporate Services, Chief Financial Officer, and Director General of Cyber Defence, providing leadership in the areas of signals intelligence and IT security. Prior to that, he worked at the Privy Council Office as a National Security Policy Advisor in the Security and Intelligence Secretariat.

Scott has been with the public service for over 20 years and is a graduate of the University of Ottawa, where he earned a Master of Business Administration. Scott also holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Electronic Systems Engineering and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from the University of Regina.

Assistant Deputy Minister, Operations Sector

Daniel Mills

Daniel Mills was appointed Assistant Deputy Minister of Operations at Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) in April 2020. He is also IRCC’s Champion for Values and Ethics.

An employee of IRCC since 2005, Mr. Mills has held numerous management roles over the years, including Assistant Deputy Minister, Corporate Management and Chief Financial Officer. He has also served as Director of Accounting Operations, Director General of Financial Operations, as well as Director General of Financial Management and Deputy Chief Financial Officer.

Mr. Mills has served as a public servant with the federal government since 1994. Aside from his responsibilities at IRCC, he has occupied several positions at the Department of Natural Resources Canada, the Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages and the Public Service Labour Relations Board.

Daniel Mills is a chartered professional accountant and holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a specialization in accounting from the University of Sherbrooke. He is also a graduate of the Government of Canada’s Career Assignment Program (the “Direxion” Educational Component).

Associate assistant deputy minister, operations sector

Nicole Giles

Nicole Giles was appointed to the position of Associate Assistant Deputy Minister, Operations Sector at Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) in June 2020.

Dr. Giles is a seasoned executive, joining IRCC from the Department of Finance, where she held the position of Director General, International Finance and Development, since 2017. During this time, she served as Canada’s Deputy to the World Bank’s International Development Association, and as Canada’s Sherpa for the Coalition of Finance Ministers for Climate Action.

Prior to this, Dr. Giles was the Director General for International Assistance Management, and Evaluation and Results, at Global Affairs Canada.

She also served as Canada’s High Commissioner to Guyana, Ambassador to Suriname and as Representative Plenipotentiary to CARICOM 2013‒2015, where she gained experience in the field on immigration-related issues. Dr. Giles has worked as Director for Nuclear Security, Submarines and Policy, and served as Director for the Counter-Terrorism and Anti-Crime Capacity Building Programs Division at now Global Affairs Canada.

Dr. Giles holds a Doctorate in International Relations from the University of Oxford, and has published on subjects such as missile deference and nuclear strategy.

Assistant deputy minister, strategic and program policy

Marian Campbell Jarvis

Marian Campbell Jarvis is currently the senior Assistant Deputy Minister, Strategic and Program Policy at Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, where she oversees a number of economic immigration programs, leads program policy on refugee resettlement and asylum, and provides strategic policy advice including on related international and intergovernmental issues.

Prior to this role, Marian served as Assistant Secretary to the Cabinet for Social Development Policy at the Privy Council Office. Marian was also ADM of Lands and Minerals at Natural Resources Canada and has played a number of senior roles at then Human Resources and Social Development Canada and Health Canada.

Marian holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Queen’s University, and an undergraduate honours degree in Canadian Studies from Carleton University. She has completed public sector leadership programs at the Ivey School of Business, University of Western Ontario, and at the University of Ottawa’s Odell House.

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Associate assistant deputy minister, strategic and program policy sector

Catherine Scott

Catherine Scott was appointed Associate Assistant Deputy Minister, Strategic and Program Policy at Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) in March 2021.

Catherine joined IRCC in September 2019 as Director General of the Refugee Affairs Branch.

Prior to this, she spent a decade working at Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) on both labour market and social policy issues. During this time, she led a significant renewal of the federal homelessness strategy as part of the National Housing Strategy. Catherine led extensive consultations to develop the first Government of Canada social innovation and social finance strategy. She also launched the first federal initiative to support capacity-building in racialized communities.

A federal public servant since 1999, Catherine has also worked for the Commissioner of Official Languages, the Privy Council Office and the Department of Canadian Heritage.

Catherine holds a Bachelor of Arts in French and International Studies from Glendon College, York University and an M.A. in International Relations from Université Laval. She is also a graduate of the Government of Canada’s Career Assignment Program (Direxion).

Chief financial officer / assistant deputy minister, finance, security and administration sector

Hughes St-Pierre

Hughes St-Pierre currently occupies the position of Chief Financial Officer and Assistant Deputy Minister of the Finance, Security and Administration sector at Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada. He previously worked at Elections Canada where he was Deputy Chief Electoral Officer Internal Services and CFO with responsibility for human resources, IM/IT, finance, procurement, security, planning and internal communications.

While Hughes has been a CFO for the last eight years, he also has a strong operations background with experience in managing projects both within and outside Canada, and managing decentralized operations including payroll for the approximately 250,000 workers required during a general election.

In 2019, Hughes was responsible for leading Elections Canada’s efforts in collaboration with Canada’s security agencies to protect the general election in the context of emerging cyber and foreign interference threats.

Assistant deputy minister, corporate services sector

Holly Flowers Code

Ms. Holly Flowers Code was appointed as the Assistant Deputy Minister (ADM), Corporate Services Sector on March 1, 2021. Prior to this, she held the role of Chief Human Resources Officer since 2015.

Before joining Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, Ms. Flowers Code was with the Department of Natural Resources Canada, where she was responsible for Human Resources Operations. She spent five ½ years at National Defence, where she led the development and implementation of numerous Planning and Management Frameworks, as well as leadership and orientation programs. Prior to that, Ms. Flowers Code advanced a number of key HR transformation projects, supported work linked to inmate grievances and investigations into murders and hostage-takings in Canadian prisons, as well as conducted program evaluations and audits at Correctional Service of Canada.

Holly is currently the Co-Champion for the Middle Managers Network and IRCC’s Government of Canada Workplace Charitable Campaign 2021. She has also previously held Champion roles for Official Languages and the Professional Development Network. Interdepartmentally, she is a member of the HR Council, the co-chair of the ADM ATIP Committee and is the newly appointed Champion for the Classification Community.

Ms. Flowers Code has a Bachelor of Commerce Honours with a double major in Human Resources and Accounting, and a minor in Economics. She has also completed her Master’s Certificate in Public Management and the Queen’s Executive Program for Execution, Strategy and Leadership.

In 2019, Holly was awarded the Michelle C. Comeau Human Resources Leadership Award for Head of Human Resources (HR) in the Government of Canada.

Acting assistant deputy minister, transformation and digital solutions sector

Rina Lorello

Rina Lorello is currently the acting Assistant Deputy Minister of Transformation, Digital Solutions Sector and Chief Information Officer at Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), where she is responsible for leading digital modernization which is part of the larger major transformational change program focused on improving client experience, operational excellence, digital services delivery and encouraging a new culture of innovation and agility across IRCC.

As acting Chief Information Officer, Rina leads the development and implementation of IM/IT strategy and service delivery functions; she is responsible for technology platforms, cyber security and digital solutions that enable the business of IRCC. She plays a key leadership role in digital enablement and sustainment of technology for the department and maintaining strategic alliances with partners that that rely on IRCC digital solutions. In her substantive role is Director General of IT Operations, she oversaw IRCC’s IM/IT portfolio, which includes data administration, IT security, technical architecture, application development and operations, product delivery, workplace technology and tools, project delivery and national and international technical support. Her expertise in the field is also ensuring stewardship of a branch that is at the forefront of the Government of Canada’s digital transformation via work on cloud enablement, digital workspace solutions, IT security operations, and application development.

Rina has over 20 years of experience in the Information Management (IM) / Information Technology (IT) field. Throughout Rina’s career she has held various roles including major project executive, data centre manager and management executive, which have allowed her to understand the importance of technology in advancing federal government initiatives and embracing innovation. Ultimately, her work has shaped her views on maintaining a positive culture and remaining connected to what you’re passionate about.

Assistant deputy minister, settlement and integration sector

Fraser Valentine

Fraser Valentine is the Assistant Deputy Minister, Settlement and Integration. In this role, Fraser is responsible for the development of policies and programs that support the successful settlement and integration of newcomers into Canadian society. Fraser also oversees the effective operational management, delivery and accountability of funding agreements with organizations across Canada who provide a wide range of services to immigrants and refugees.

From 2017 to 2019, Fraser was the Director General of Refugee Affairs at Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada. In this role, Fraser was responsible for leading the Department’s refugee and asylum policy agenda. He was instrumental in supporting the Government’s commitment to asylum system reform and managing irregular migration, and he has supported Canada in assuming a more prominent international role in humanitarian resettlement.

From 2015-2017, Fraser was the Director General of Strategic Policy and Planning at Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada. In this role, Fraser was responsible for leading the Department’s strategic policy agenda. He successfully led IRCC in achieving several key milestones, which include overseeing major enhancements to the Express Entry system and setting the foundation for the 2018-2020 Multi-Year Levels Plan. From 2011-2015, Fraser was Chief of Staff to two different deputy ministers at IRCC.

Prior to joining the Department, Fraser held positions at the Privy Council Office, Aboriginal and Northern Affairs Canada and Employment and Social Development Canada.

Fraser is a strong voice for mental health and wellness, and in particular the varied impacts of the pandemic on the public service and our workforce. For the past two years, Fraser has been the Departmental Champion for the Government of Canada Workplace Charitable Campaign, as well as the Departmental Champion for Official Languages.

Fraser holds a Master of Arts degree in Canadian Studies from Carleton University.

Assistant deputy minister, vaccine credentials

Soyoung Park

Soyoung Park was appointed to an ADM-level position to lead the department’s efforts on vaccine credentials in May 2021.

A senior executive with extensive operational, technical, and international experience, Soyoung is no stranger to IRCC. As a Foreign Service officer, she served at three of Canada’s largest operational offices (New Delhi, Beijing and Damascus). Several years ago, Soyoung was IRCC’s Chief Information Officer, where she successfully implemented GCMS and other systems we use today, such as e-applications, GCDocs, and biometrics.

Since that time, Soyoung gained international experience as the Deputy High Commissioner (India) and Deputy Ambassador (Nepal, Bhutan). As Deputy High Commissioner (India), she advanced discussions with India’s delegation to support the Women Deliver Conference in Vancouver, the largest event on gender equality at the time.

More recently, Soyoung was Director General of the Passport Modernization Project Office where she led multi-departmental initiatives to modernize passport services, completed an Interchange assignment with CHEO leading a back office transformation and led the IRCC business benefits framework.

Assitant deputy minister, modernization sector

Jason Choueiri

Jason Choueiri was appointed Assistant Deputy Minister Modernization Sector in October 2021 to lead the third phase of Digital Platform Modernization. Previously, Mr. Choueiri served as the Executive Director and Chief Financial Officer of the Immigration and Refugee Board where he oversaw the delivery of a range of strategic and operational services to the Board. Previous to that, Mr. Choueiri served as Director General for Transformation Planning, Design and Oversight at Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC), where he founded ESDC’s Acceleration Hub and led the development and implementation of multi-year service improvement strategies and service design practices. He also served as the Director General, Strategic Directions where he developed the long-term vision for the modernization of Canada’s three largest statutory programs (Employment Insurance, Canada Pension Plan, and Old Age Security). Mr. Choueiri has held several senior roles overseeing large programs and client-service operations at Shared Services Canada, National Defence, and Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada. Mr. Choueiri has a Master’s degree in Business Administration, as well as a Bachelor of Commerce, Specialization in Management of Information Systems from the University of Ottawa. He is a recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition of his contributions to Canada.

Executive director and senior general counsel, services unit

Caroline Fobes

Ms. Fobes was appointed Executive Director and Senior General Counsel of the IRCC Legal Services Unit in 2016. The Legal Services Unit is composed of 40 lawyers and paralegals who, in consultation with Justice colleagues in Ottawa and litigation teams across the country, provide all of the day-to-day legal advice to the Department, including advice on departmental operations, development of policies and new legislation, and the conduct of litigation before the courts.

Ms. Fobes began her career at the Department of Justice at Solicitor General Legal, moved to DOJ headquarters as Special Counsel to the Assistant Deputy Attorney General (Criminal Law), and then returned to Public Safety Legal where she spent several years, including as Deputy Executive Director and General Counsel. She holds a Bachelor of Laws from Dalhousie University and is a member of the Law Society of Ontario.

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