The Clerk of the Privy Council and Secretary to the Cabinet also has particular responsibilities with respect to:
The first Clerk of the Privy Council was appointed in 1867. A second title, Secretary to the Cabinet, was added in 1940. Changes to the Public Service Employment Act in 1992 brought a third title, Head of the Public Service, and responsibility for setting the strategic directions for the Public Service of Canada.
- ensuring the continuity of government between successive administrations;
- keeping custody of the records of previous administrations; and
- enabling the government of the day to understand and recognize the established conventions of Canada’s constitutional monarchy.
Deputy Minister to the Prime Minister
As the Prime Minister’s Deputy Minister, the Clerk of the Privy Council provides advice and support to the Prime Minister in his or her role as head of government. This includes advice on appointing senior office holders in the public service and organizing the government, on the Cabinet decision-making system, overall policy directions, intergovernmental relations, and the management of specific issues.
Secretary to the Cabinet
As Secretary to the Cabinet, he or she assists the Prime Minister in maintaining the cohesion of the Ministry and giving direction to it. In this role, the Clerk of the Privy Council provides support and advice to the Ministry as a whole to ensure that the Cabinet decision-making system operates according to the Prime Minister’s design.
Head of the Public Service
As Head of the Public Service, he or she serves as the principal link between the Prime Minister and the Public Service of Canada, and is responsible for the quality of expert, professional and non-partisan advice and service provided by the public service to the Prime Minister, Cabinet and to all Canadians.
"Ian Shugart will bring with him a wealth of experience to the role of Clerk of the Privy Council and Secretary to the Cabinet. Having served as a deputy minister in three different departments, Mr. Shugart is well-placed to lead the federal Public Service as it continues to implement the Government of Canada’s agenda and deliver high-quality service to Canadians."
SOURCE: Privy Council Office.
- 2016 - 2019
Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs
- 2010 - 2016
Deputy Minister of Employment and Social Development
- 2008 - 2010
Deputy Minister of the Environment, Environment Canada
- 2006 - 2008
Associate Deputy Minister of the Environment, Environment Canada
- 1999 - 2006
Assistant Deputy Minister, Health Policy Branch, Health Canada
- 1997 - 1999
Visiting Assistant Deputy Minister, Health Protection Branch, Health Canada
- 1993 - 1997
Executive Director, Medical Research Council
- 1991 - 1993
Assistant Secretary, Social Policy and Programs Branch, Federal-Provincial Relations Office
- 1989 - 1991
Chief of Staff to the Minister, Energy, Mines and Resources
- 1984 - 1989
Senior Policy Advisor to the Minister of National Health and Welfare
- 1982 - 1984
Policy Director, Office of the Leader of the Opposition
- 1980 - 1982
Constitutional Policy Advisor, Office of the Leader of the Opposition