Dr. Stephen Lucas - Deputy Minister, Health Canada

Dr. Stephen Lucas

Deputy Minister, Health Canada


Dr. Stephen Lucas represents Health Canada on CIHI’s Board of Directors. He was appointed Deputy Minister of Health on September 3, 2019. Previously, he had served as Deputy Minister of Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) since January 2017 and as Senior Associate Deputy Minister (Climate Change) from June 2016 to January 2017.  Dr. Lucas led ECCC activities in support of the development and adoption of the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change.

Before joining ECCC, Dr. Lucas was Deputy Secretary to the Cabinet for Plans and Consultations and Intergovernmental Affairs at the Privy Council Office. From 2013 to 2014, he was Assistant Secretary, Economic and Regional Development Policy, at the Privy Council Office. Dr. Lucas was Assistant Deputy Minister, Science and Policy Integration at Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) from 2009 to 2013 responsible for strategic policy development related to energy, mineral and forest resources, climate change and clean energy and international and intergovernmental relations.

Prior to that, he was Assistant Deputy Minister, Minerals and Metals Sector also at NRCan from 2007 to 2009, Director General in the Health Products and Food Branch (HPFB) at Health Canada from 2003 to 2007, Senior Director at NRCan for Science, Innovation, Regional and Aboriginal Affairs from 2000 to 2003, and Director of Policy Planning and Coordination in the Earth Sciences Sector at NRCan from 1998 to 2000. Dr. Lucas has a Bachelor of Science with Honours in Geological Engineering from Queen's University and a Ph.D. in structural geology and tectonics from Brown University.