The Governor General's Canadian Leadership Conference


Wayne Wouters, Vice Chair, Government

Wayne G. WoutersWayne G. Wouters was appointed Clerk of the Privy Council and Secretary to the Cabinet by Prime Minister Harper on July 1, 2009. Prior to that, Mr. Wouters served as Secretary of the Treasury Board.

Mr. Wouters was born in Edam, Saskatchewan. He attended the University of Saskatchewan where he received his Bachelor of Commerce (Economics). After graduation, he studied at Queen's University, earning his Master's Degree in Economics.

Mr. Wouters began his public sector career in 1977 with the Government of Saskatchewan where he held several positions between 1977 and 1982, culminating in the position of Director, Energy Policy Branch, Department of Mineral Resources (Saskatchewan). In 1982, Mr. Wouters joined the federal Department of Energy, Mines and Resources as the Director of Industry Analysis.

In 1994, Mr. Wouters joined the Privy Council Office (PCO) holding a variety of senior positions including as Head of the Federal Task Force on the Newfoundland Economy; Assistant Secretary to the Cabinet (Program Review) and Deputy Secretary to the Cabinet (Plans and Consultation). He was appointed Deputy Minister of the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (Canada) in 1997. Prior to this Mr. Wouters was Deputy Minister, Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC) and Chairperson, Canada Employment Insurance Commission and previous to that, Deputy Minister, Human Resources Development Canada (HRDC) and Deputy Minister of Labour.

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