Trudeau Picks New Deputy Clerk at PCO
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is bringing senior bureaucrat Serge Dupont back from Washington to be deputy clerk of the Privy Council Office and associate secretary to cabinet.
The job has been vacant since Trudeau promoted Michael Wernick to become PCO clerk and the country’s top bureaucrat in January. Trudeau now has his own picks in the two most senior jobs in the public service.
The Conservative government appointed Dupont in June 2014 to the International Monetary Fund as executive director representing Canada, Ireland and the Caribbean in Washington. He takes over his new PCO position May 9.
The news of Dupont’s appointment also comes the same day Trudeau formally announced the retirement of Richard Fadden as national security advisor — another senior public servant who worked very closely with the prime minister.
Fadden was deputy clerk in 2001 when he was handed the job as security and intelligence coordinator – the earlier version of the powerful national security position he is stepping down from.
Dupont is a widely respected public servant, whom colleagues call “whip smart.” His last senior job in the public service was as deputy minister of Natural Resources. He worked closely with Wernick, then deputy minister at Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, at the Major Projects Management Office , the little known office created by the Conservatives to oversee natural resource projects across the country.
MaryAntonett Flumian, president of the Institute on Governance, said Dupont “is a very capable and intelligent policy guy. He has had good operational experience at Natural Resources, as well as solid intergovernmental experience”
Dupont was born and raised in the Ottawa area, is fluently bilingual and brings a strong Finance background and evidence-based policy experience to the job. He is considered a good fit for the government’s focus on results and delivery.
Dupont studied sciences with a Masters degree from the University of Waterloo before studying public administration at the Ecole Nationale d’Administration in Paris. He held various senior positions in Finance and Industry departments before hitting the senior track as associate deputy minister of Natural Resources in 2008; followed by deputy minister of Intergovernmental Affairs in PCO and then deputy minister at Natural Resources.