Biography: The Honourable Wayne Wouters


The Honourable Wayne G. Wouters is a Strategic and Policy Advisor with McCarthy Tétrault LLP. Before joining the private sector, Mr. Wouters was the Clerk of the Privy Council, Secretary to the Cabinet, and Head of the Public Service. Appointed by Prime Minister Harper, Mr. Wouters served from July 1, 2009 until October 3, 2014, at which time he retired from the Public Service of Canada.

From 1997 to 2004, Mr. Wouters served as the Deputy Minister of Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Human Resources and Skills Development Canada and Labour Canada.

From December 2004 to June 30, 2009, Mr. Wouters was Secretary of the Treasury Board.

In 2012, Mr. Wouters received an Honorary Doctorate of Law from the University of Saskatchewan and in 2016 he received an Honorary Doctorate of Law from the University of Manitoba. In 2014, Mr. Wouters was inducted as a Member of the Privy Council by the Prime Minister. Mr. Wouters was recently made an Officer of the Order of Canada.

Mr. Wouters has been a committed and longstanding volunteer, chairing the Government of Canada Charitable Workplace Campaign in 2004 and the City of Ottawa United Way Campaign in 2007. In 2013, Mr. Wouters received the André Mailhot Award for lifetime achievement, United Way Canada’s highest distinction. He currently sits on the United Way Worldwide Board of Trustees.

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