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Mr. Simon Kennedy - Deputy Minister, Health Canada

Mr. Simon Kennedy

Deputy Minister, Health Canada
Ottawa, Ontario


Mr. Simon Kennedy represents Health Canada on CIHI’s Board of Directors. Mr. Kennedy was named deputy minister of Health effective January 21, 2015. Previously, he served as the deputy minister of International Trade and Canada’s G-20 Sherpa. He oversaw the Trade Portfolio through one of the most productive periods in the history of Canadian trade negotiations. Prior to his assignment at International Trade, Mr. Kennedy served as the senior associate deputy minister at Industry Canada from September 2010 to November 2012. Mr. Kennedy began his career with the public service in 1990, serving in a variety of progressively senior roles at Transport Canada, the Canadian Coast Guard and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. He also held several senior positions at the Privy Council Office, the department supporting the prime minister, in the 1990s and 2000s. Mr. Kennedy holds a Bachelor of Public Relations from Mount Saint Vincent University and a Master of Science in Communications Management from Syracuse University. He is a graduate of INSEAD’s Advanced Management Programme. Mr. Kennedy also holds an ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors.