The Clerk of the Privy Council is the most senior non-political official in the Government of Canada, and provides professional, non-partisan support to the Prime Minister on all policy and operational issues that may affect the government.|
ResponsibilitiesThe Clerk of the Privy Council and Secretary to the Cabinet also has particular responsibilities with respect to:
RolesDeputy Minister to the Prime Minister
As the Prime Ministerís 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 Ministerís 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.
From July 2006 to July 2010, Ms. Charette was Deputy Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC) and Chairperson of the Canada Employment Insurance Commission. Prior to this, Ms. Charette served as Deputy Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Canada, and Associate Deputy Minister of Health. From 2001 to 2004, Ms. Charette joined the Privy Council Office as Assistant Secretary to Cabinet for Priorities and Planning, and was named Deputy Secretary to the Cabinet for Plans and Consultations in 2002. Previously, she held the position of Senior Assistant Deputy Minister for Policy at the Department of Justice.
Ms. Charette worked in the private sector from 1996 to 1999, first as Principal in the management consulting firm of Ernst & Young, and as Director of the Transition Team for the newly formed Canada Pension Plan Investment Board. From 1994 to 1996, Ms. Charette worked at PCO, as Coordinator of the Base Closures Task Force, and then on the Program Review exercise. In the early portion of her career, she worked for the Department of Finance, the Office of Privatization and Regulatory Affairs, the Federal-Provincial Relations Office, and the Prime Ministerís Office.
Ms. Charette is a member of the Board of Directors of the Royal Ottawa Health Care Group. In 2008, she was national Chair for the United Wayís Government of Canada Workplace Charitable Campaign, raising over $36 million for communities and national health charities across Canada. Ms. Charette attended Carleton University, where she received a Bachelor of Commerce. She is married to Reg Charette, and they have two children - Jed and Cassie.