Justin Trudeau announces senior appointment at Department for Indigenous Affairs

By on 29/04/2016 | Updated on 25/09/2020
Diana Lafleur at a Blueprint 2020 time capsule event held at the Canada School of Public Service

Justin Trudeau, Canada’s prime minister, has announced a new senior appointment at the department responsible for policies relating to Aboriginal peoples in Canada.

Diane Lafleur, currently assistant deputy minister at the federal and provincial relations and social policy branch at Canada’s finance department, will take up her new job as assistant deputy minister of indigenous and northern affairs from 9 May.

Lafleur has been in her current role since August 2013 and at Finance Canada since 1998, when she started working as chief, strategic planning and coordination.

During her time as finance official, she has worked as director general, financial sector, policy branch; director, financial sector division; and senior chief, strategic planning and trade.

Lafleur has a BA in international politics and economics from Middlebury College – a private liberal arts college founded in 1800 in Middlebury, Vermont, and an MA in economics and Canadian studies from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, which has campuses in Washington D.C., Italy and China.

In her new role, Lafleur will report to Hélène Laurendeau, who became deputy minister of the department (the most senior public service role in the ministry) earlier this month.


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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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