Canada’s Justin Trudeau announces new senior public service appointment

By on 01/04/2016 | Updated on 25/09/2020
Serge Dupont, currently deputy clerk of Canada's Privy Council and associate secretary to the Cabinet, will take on additional responsibilities as deputy minister of intergovernmental affairs.

The prime minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, has announced the appointment of Serge Dupont as the new deputy clerk of the Privy Council and associate secretary to Cabinet.

Dupont, currently the International Monetary Fund’s executive director representing Canada, Ireland and the Caribbean in Washington, will start his new job on 9 May.

He was appointed to his current IMF role in August 2014, having worked at the organisation since October 2010.

Before that, he was Deputy Minister, Natural Resources Canada, overseeing federal responsibilities for energy, mining, forestry and earth sciences.

Between 2008 and 2014, he held various roles in Canada’s federal public service, including associate deputy Minister (natural resources Canada), deputy minister (inter-governmental affairs, Privy Council Office), special advisor to the minister of natural resources on nuclear energy policy.

He held senior positions in Finance Canada from 2001 to 2008, including assistant deputy minister, financial sector policy, and general director (analysis), tax policy.

While in senior postings at both Natural Resources and Privy Council Office, where he was deputy minister of Intergovernmental Affairs and special advisor to the minister of Natural Resources on nuclear energy policy, Dupont oversaw the sale of Atomic Energy of Canada’s Candu reactor business to engineering giant SNC-Lavalin Group.

Since joining the public service of Canada in 1983, he worked on wide range of other issues, including international economic analysis, Canada’s participation in the G7, market framework laws and regulation, intellectual property policy, and intergovernmental affairs.

He holds an international diploma in public administration from École Nationale d’Administration, Paris; a Master of Management Sciences from the University of Waterloo; and a Bachelor of Management Sciences (Operational Research) from the University of Ottawa.


Education: B.Sc. (University of Ottawa, 1981) and M.A.Sc. (University of Waterloo, 1983) in Management Sciences; Ecole nationale d’administration (Paris, 1989).

Currently serving on Board of Public Policy Forum, a non-profit organization.

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About Winnie Agbonlahor

Winnie is news editor of Global Government Forum. She previously reported for Civil Service World - the trade magazine for senior UK government officials. Originally from Germany, Winnie first came to the UK in 2006 to study a BA in Journalism & Russian at the University of Sheffield. She is bilingual in English and German, and, after spending an academic year abroad in Russia and reporting for the Moscow Times, Winnie also speaks Russian fluently.

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