Richard Fadden Canada’s top national security adviser retires from public service

By on 01/04/2016 | Updated on 25/09/2020
Richard Fadden was appointed to the role by Canada’s former prime minister Stephen Harper in the wake of the attack on Parliament Hill

Canada’s top national security adviser is retiring from the public service after 39 years in government.

Richard Fadden was appointed to the role by Canada’s former prime minister Stephen Harper in the wake of the attack on Parliament Hill, Ottawa, in October 2014, in which an armed attacker shot and fatally wounded a Canadian Forces member at the National War Memorial before being shot dead in Parliament’s Centre Block.

Prior to joining Harper’s inner circle, Fadden was the director of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service from 2009 to 2013.

Fadden started his public service career in 1977 during the Cold War, working in intelligence.

He was also deeply involved in Canada’s response to the September 11 attacks in his role as the deputy clerk of the Privy Council Office.

Canada’s prime minister Justin Trudeau, said in a statement released yesterday: “After 39 years of service, my National Security Advisor, Mr. Richard Fadden, will be retiring from the federal public service.

“During his exceptional career, Mr. Fadden, ‘Dick’ to friends and colleagues, was deputy minister of five different departments: National Defence; Canadian Security Intelligence Service; Citizenship and Immigration; Natural Resources; and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.

“On behalf of all Canadians, I wish Dick the very best in retirement and thank him for his distinguished record of service to his country.”

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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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