Deputy Minister committees


Deputy Minister Committees serve to:

  • advance integrated policy development in support of government priorities and medium-term planning;
  • strengthen government-wide policy coherence; and
  • deepen and extend deputy minister and departmental engagement in pursuit of a whole of government approach to medium term management, human resource and policy planning.
Committee and task force mandates and membership
Name Mandate Members
Coordinating Committee of Deputy Ministers (CCDM)
Provides a forum for discussion of Government policy and priorities and ensures coordination across the deputy minister committees.
Ian Shugart (Chair)*,  Catherine Blewett (Vice-Chair)*, 
Greta Bossenmaier,  Nathalie G. Drouin, Graham Flack, Philip Jennings, Simon Kennedy, Marta Morgan, Paul Rochon, Jean-François Tremblay, Peter Wallace
Senior Leadership Circle (SLC)
Functions as the human resources committee for the senior executive cadre of the public service. Note: The Secretary of the Treasury Board, Chief Human Resources Officer and Deputy Secretary to the Cabinet (Senior Personnel) are members of all circles.
  Performance and Talent Management Ian Shugart (Chair), Catherine Blewett (Vice-Chair), Greta Bossenmaier, Nancy Chahwan, Simon Kennedy, Marta Morgan, Paul Rochon, Janine Sherman, Christyne Tremblay, Jody Thomas, Peter Wallace
  DM and ADM Development Jody Thomas (Co-Chair),  Nathalie Drouin, Graham Flack, Paula Isaak, Anne Kelly, James Meddings, Walter Natynczyk, Taki Sarantakis, Timothy Sargent
  DM Community Marta Morgan (Co-Chair),  Kelly Gillis, Bob Hamilton, Stephen Lucas, John Ossowski, Jean-François Tremblay, David Vigneault
  ADM Community Simon Kennedy (Co-Chair), Greta Bossenmaier (Co-Chair), Manon Brassard, Shelly Bruce, Chris Forbes, Paul Glover, John Hannaford, Dylan Jones, Guylaine Roy
  External Recruitment Paul Rochon (Co-Chair), Christyne Tremblay (Co-Chair), Paul Glover, Michael Keenan, Hélène Laurendeau, Leslie MacLean, Bill Matthews, Francis McGuire, Siddika Mithani, Daniel Watson, Gina Wilson
Board of Management and Renewal (BoMR)
Focuses on advancing the management agenda to build an increasingly agile, inclusive, and equipped Public Service. Seeks a diversity of perspectives beyond its core membership.

Ian Shugart (Chair), Catherine Blewett (Vice-Chair), Nancy Chahwan, Janine Sherman, Peter Wallace

Additional participants, including from the Deputy Minister Network on Public Service Renewal and other Deputy Ministers with a role or expertise relevant to the issues under discussion, will be invited as appropriate.  

Committee on Governance (CoG)
Considers issues and priorities surrounding the governance of democratic institutions in order to provide strategic advice to the Government. Examines broader trends and considerations related to the future of democracy. Considers policy issues related to privacy and transparency in a digital environment.
Bill Matthews (Co-Chair), Ian McCowan (Co-Chair), Alex Benay, Nathalie G. Drouin, Graham Flack, Marta Morgan, Jean-François Tremblay
Economic Trends and Policies (ETP)
Examines trends and factors influencing Canada's current and future economic performance. Examines the impacts of potential policy interventions in various regions and sectors of the economy, as well as possible gaps and measures to improve the competitiveness of Canada in the global economy.
Jean-François Tremblay (Co-Chair), Anil Arora, Christine Donoghue, Martine Dubuc, Chris Forbes, Jonathan Fried, Kelly Gillis, John Hannaford, Michael Keenan, Janet King, Diane Lafleur, Les Linklater, Chantal Maheu, Francis McGuire, James Meddings, Erin O’Gorman, Sarah Paquet, France Pégeot, Guylaine Roy, Timothy Sargent, Iain Stewart, Catrina Tapley, Shawn Tupper, Gordon Venner, Ava Yaskiel
Inclusive Growth (IG)
Examines questions related to inclusive growth, including how to assess the impacts of growth, and public policies and programs in support of growth, on the various social and income groups in Canada. Considers strategic orientations for Government policies that support prosperity for all Canadians and make Canada's redistributive policies more effective and resilient to labour market transformations driven by technological change. Examines and informs major policy proposals from the lens of inclusive growth.
Paul Rochon (Co-Chair), Graham Flack(Co-Chair), Anil Arora, Manon Brassard, Chris Fox, Jonathan Fried, Annette Gibbons, Kelly Gillis, Bob Hamilton, Roch Huppé, Dylan Jones, Philip Jennings, Diane Lafleur, Hélène Laurendeau, Chantal Maheu, Lori MacDonald, Matthew Mendelsohn, Thao Pham, Paul Thompson, Christyne Tremblay
Global Trends, Foreign Affairs and Defence Issues (GTFAD)
Examines global trends and geopolitical dynamics (including the future of Canada-US relations), and their implications from Canada's perspective. Examines the impacts of, and formulates advice on, foreign and defence policy issues, including with respect to diplomatic and military efforts as well as capacity building, international development assistance, and support for conflict resolution, human rights, democracy and global institutions. Marta Morgan (Co-Chair), Jody Thomas (Co-Chair),  Shelly Bruce, François Daigle, Chris Forbes, Jonathan Fried, John Hannaford, Stephen Lucas, Lori MacDonald, David Morrison, Tina Namiesniowski, Walter Natynczyk, Rob Stewart, Christyne Tremblay, David Vigneault
Climate Change, Energy and Environment (CCEE) Serves as a forum for discussion on broader issues pertaining to adaptation to climate change, the global transition to a low carbon economy and Canada’s vision for the future of clean energy. Examines trends and develops advice with respect to environmental issues, both domestically and internationally, such as the link between environmental policies and competitiveness, the social impact of climate change (especially on vulnerable populations), the protection of nature and species at risk, and the sustainable development of major energy infrastructure in Canada, including consideration of regional and national views. Stephen Lucas (Co-Chair), Christyne Tremblay (Co-Chair), Chris Forbes, Kelly Gillis, Paula Isaak, Dylan Jones, Bill Matthews, Siddika Mithani, France Pégeot, Thao Pham, Claude Rochette, Benoît Robidoux, Daniel Watson
National Security (NS)
Considers a wide range of current and emerging issues affecting Canada's national security, including their potential implications for Canada's economy. Facilitates information sharing across the security and intelligence community and coordinates policy and operational responses by government departments and agencies with shared responsibility for national security. Oversees the development and implementation of relevant national security-related strategies and policies. Monitors progress and implementation of national security and intelligence priorities.
Greta Bossenmaier (Co-Chair), Gina Wilson (Co-Chair), Shelly Bruce, François Daigle, Bob Hamilton, Jeffery Hutchinson, Michael Keenan, Anne Kelly, Brenda Lucki, Lori MacDonald, Marta Morgan, David Morrison, Tina Namiesniowski, John Ossowski, Nada Semaan, Rob Stewart,  Jody Thomas, Shawn Tupper, Gen. Jonathan Vance, David Vigneault
Litigation Management (LM)
Provides a forum for discussion of the policy, financial and legal implications of litigation involving the Government of Canada in order to provide strategic advice to the Government.
Ian McCowan (Co-Chair), Nathalie G. Drouin (Co-Chair), Lisa Campbell, Christine Donoghue, Paul Glover, Roch Huppé, Lori MacDonald, John Ossowski, Vincent Rigby, Claude Rochette, Michael Vandergrift, Daniel Watson, Ava Yaskiel
Science Supports the Government’s overall science agenda by overseeing, promoting and encouraging the collective management of federal intramural science with visible leadership and accountability. It aims to strengthen the capacity of the government to lead scientific action by undertaking science and in an integrated and coordinated way where mandates are aligned.

Janet King (Chair), Chris Forbes, Michael Keenan, Simon Kennedy, Sylvain Laporte, Stephen Lucas, Siddika Mithani, Timothy Sargent, Iain Stewart, Christyne Tremblay, Gordon Venner

Additional Deputy Ministers with a role or expertise relevant to the issues under discussion will be invited as appropriate

Task Force on Reconciliation (TF-Rec)
Facilitates horizontal engagement on major initiatives, provides oversight to work reviewing operational practices within the public service, and develops guidance for the public service on approaches to co-development with Indigenous Peoples. Nathalie G. Drouin (Co-Chair), Timothy Sargent (Co-Chair), Chris Fox, Jeffery Hutchinson, Paula Isaak, Simon Kennedy, Janet King, Stephen Lucas, Brenda Lucki, Matthew Mendelsohn, Isabelle Mondou, Vincent Rigby, Benoit Robidoux, Guylaine Roy, Catrina Tapley, Christyne Tremblay, Jean-François Tremblay, Daniel Watson, Gina Wilson, Ava Yaskiel
Task Force on Diversity and Inclusiveness (TF-D&I)
Examines and formulates advice on how to promote inclusion, to ensure Canada fully benefits from the participation of all Canadians in our economic, social, cultural and civic life.
Hélène Laurendeau (Chair), Christine Donoghue, Chris Fox, Roch Huppé, Simon Kennedy, Diane Lafleur, Yazmine Laroche, Brenda Lucki, Lori MacDonald, Chantal Maheu, Ian McCowan, Matthew Mendelsohn, Tina Namiesniowski, Benoît Robidoux, Guylaine Roy, Michael Vandergrift
Public Service Management Advisory Committee (PSMAC)
Provides a forum for discussion of the public service management agenda.
Nancy Chahwan  (Co-Chair), Peter Wallace (Co-Chair), Anil Arora, Patrick Borbey, Manon Brassard, Shelly Bruce, Lisa Campbell, François Daigle, Christine Donoghue, Martine Dubuc, Annette Gibbons, Kelly Gillis, John Hannaford, Roch Huppé, Paula Isaak, Philip Jennings, Dylan Jones, Anne Kelly, Yazmine Laroche, Les Linklater, Lori MacDonald, Leslie MacLean, Chantal Maheu, Francis McGuire, James Meddings, Isabelle Mondou, Tina Namiesniowski, Erin O’Gorman, Sarah Paquet, France Pégeot, Sony Perron, Thao Pham, Vincent Rigby, Taki Sarantakis, Nada Semaan, Janine Sherman, Iain Stewart, Rob Stewart, Kevin Stringer, Paul Thompson, Shawn Tupper, Gordon Venner, David Vigneault, Daniel Watson
Task Force on Public Sector Innovation (TF-PSI)
Examines trends and new technologies with the potential to strengthen or transform policy development and delivery, and test and assess innovative approaches that will enhance policy outcomes.
Graham Flack (Co-Chair), Matthew Mendelsohn (Co-Chair), Alex Benay, Manon Brassard, Nancy Chahwan, François Daigle, Christine Donoghue, Kelly Gillis, Paul Glover, Michael Keenan, Janet King, Stephen Lucas, Siddika Mithani, Erin O’Gorman, Sony Perron, Benoît Robidoux, Janine Sherman, Catrina Tapley, Paul Thompson, Shawn Tupper, Gordon Venner
Canada School of Public Service Advisory Committee (CSPSAC)
Provides the Canada School of Public Service with strategic advice and direction, particularly related to its learning and development products and services for the Public Service.
Catherine Blewett (Co-Chair), Nancy Chahwan (Co-Chair), Lisa Campbell, Christine Donoghue, Annette Gibbons, Paula Isaak, Dylan Jones, Yazmine Laroche, Leslie MacLean, James Meddings, Tina Namiesnowski, Sarah Paquet, Taki Sarantakis, Janine Sherman, Shawn Tupper, Michael Vandergrift, Ava Yaskiel
Deputy Ministers’ Breakfast (DMB)
  Ian Shugart (Chair), Catherine Blewett (Vice-Chair), Anil Arora, Greta Bossenmaier, Manon Brassard, Shelly Bruce, Nancy Chahwan, Nathalie G. Drouin, Graham Flack, Chris Forbes, Chris Fox, Kelly Gillis, Paul Glover, Bob Hamilton, Paula Isaak, Philip Jennings, Dylan Jones, John Hannaford, Anne Kelly, Michael Keenan, Simon Kennedy, Hélène Laurendeau, Stephen Lucas, Leslie MacLean, Chantal Maheu, Bill Matthews, Ian McCowan, Francis McGuire, James Meddings, Matthew Mendelsohn, Siddika Mithani, Marta Morgan, Walter Natynczyk, John Ossowski, Paul Rochon, Guylaine Roy, Taki Sarantakis, Timothy Sargent, Janine Sherman,  Catrina Tapley, Jody Thomas, Christyne Tremblay, Jean-François Tremblay, David Vigneault, Peter Wallace, Daniel Watson, Gina Wilson


Footnote *

The Clerk and Deputy Clerk are ex-officio members of all committees.

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