Associate Deputy Minister

David McGovern

David McGovern is an Associate Deputy Minister with Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada. He joined the department in May 2017 and his addition reflects the Department's ambitious agenda of serving its three ministers in implementing the Innovation and Skills Plan.

Prior to his most recent appointment, David was the Deputy National Security Advisor to the Prime Minister from January 2015 until May 2017. Previously, he served as Senior Advisor to the Privy Council Office, responsible for Border Action Plan Implementation and the Regulatory Cooperation Council starting in May 2014.

David was the Senior Assistant Deputy Minister of Strategic Policy and Research at the department of Employment and Social Development Canada from 2011. He was a participant in the 2012 cohort of the Government of Canada's Advanced Leadership Program. From 2005 until 2011, David was the Assistant Deputy Minister of the International Affairs Branch at Environment Canada. From 2003 until 2005, he supported the Secretary of the Treasury Board Secretariat (TBS) on several key files and led a series of horizontal and vertical expenditure management reviews.

David also held executive positions in several other federal departments including the former department of Human Resources Development Canada (HRDC) and Transport Canada.

He is a graduate from McGill University and has a Masters of Science degree in Economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

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