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Johanne Bélisle

Commissioner of Patents, Registrar of Trade-marks and Chief Executive Officer
Johanne Bélisle

Johanne Bélisle was appointed Commissioner of Patents, Registrar of Trade-marks and Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO), effective .

In her role, she provides strategic direction and leadership to the organization and ensures the provision of world-class intellectual property (IP) services by granting IP rights and disseminating IP information. She also represents CIPO and Canada's interests both nationally and internationally.

Previously, Johanne was Assistant Deputy Minister, Quebec Region, at Service Canada (Employment and Social Development Canada) since April 2013. From 2011 to 2013, Johanne was Assistant Deputy Minister of Human Resources at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. From 2007 to 2011, she was Assistant Deputy Minister at Public Works and Government Services Canada, where she led the Corporate Services, Policy and Communications, and Acquisitions teams.

Johanne participated in the Accelerated Executive Development Program (AEXDP) from 1997 to 2003 and has held senior management positions at Social Development Canada, Human Resources and Skills Development Canada, Canadian Heritage and the Department of Finance Canada.

Johanne holds a master's degree in business administration from the University of Ottawa, a certificate in public relations from Université Laval and a bachelor's degree in journalism (Honours) from Carleton University.

Originally from Montreal, Johanne has three children and two grandchildren.

Patent Branch
Director General
Virginie Ethier

Trademarks Branch
Director General
Mesmin Pierre

Copyright and Industrial Design Branch
Todd Hunter

Corporate Strategies and Services
Director General
Konstantinos Georgaras

Business Services Branch
Director General
Darlene Carreau

Programs Branch
Director General
Martin Cloutier

Patent Appeal Board
(Acting) Chair
Suzie Beaulieu

Trademarks Opposition Board
Annie Crousset

For general information on IP, please contact the Client Service Centre.

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