Michael Keenan

Deputy Minister

Deputy Minister

Michael Keenan was appointed Deputy Minister of Transport on March 14, 2016.

38 Michael has extensive experience in management, engagement, economic analysis and policy development in the Government of Canada. Michael was appointed as the Associate Deputy Minister at Natural Resources Canada in January 2013. Before that he served as Assistant Deputy Minister, Strategic Policy at Environment Canada from 2009-2013.

Michael has also served as the Vice-President of Organizational Leadership at the Canada School of Public Service, and as Director General, Economic Analysis at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. Earlier in his career, he worked at the Privy Council Office and Finance Canada.

Michael holds a Bachelor's degree (Honours) from Saint Francis Xavier University and a Master's degree in Economics from Queen's University.

The Executive Office

The Executive Office reports directly to the Deputy Minister and coordinates all departmental support to the Minister and Minister's office. The Executive Office is the Minister's staff's central contact point with departmental officials.

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The Executive Office is composed of the following:

  1. Deputy Minister's Office
  2. Issues Management Directorate
  3. Strategic Services

1. Deputy Minister's Office

The role of the Deputy Minister's office is to provide operational support to the Deputy Minister.

2. Issues Management Directorate

The Issues Management Directorate (IMD) supports the Minister and his/her office by:

  • Reviewing all external communication products;
  • Coordinating briefings;
  • Providing Departmental Liaison services;
  • Coordinating questions from the Minister's office;
  • Supporting the Minister's Question Period preparations; and
  • Reviewing Access to Information and Privacy Act releases.

3. Strategic Services

The Strategic Services Directorate provides support to the Minister and his/her office by:

  • Providing administrative and operational services, such as human resources, financial and information technology support;
  • Managing the control and flow of products seeking the Minister's decision or providing information;
  • Providing departmental advice and support on parliamentary activities; and
  • Providing writing and editing services for the preparation of correspondence to the general public, Parliamentarians, other levels of government, and stakeholders.

Annie Arcand

Director, Issues Management


Annie Arcand has been at Transport Canada since 2000. She is the Director of the Issues Management Directorate (IMD) within the Executive Office.

Annie ensures that her team effectively analyzes the issues of the Minister's Office and obtains any information that has been requested in accordance with Treasury Board directives. Before this, she was the departmental liaison.

At Transport Canada, Annie has served in many positions within the Safety & Security directorate. These include as a senior regulatory affairs analyst, chief of issues management and communications, and ministerial liaison officer in the Assistant Deputy Minister's Office.

Annie also worked as a communication advisor in the office of the Assistant Deputy Minister of Communications at National Defence. There, as well as communications and issues management, she provided advice to senior management executives on transport-related issues.


Jimmy Brackenridge

Director, Strategic Services


Jimmy coordinates executive briefings, supports senior management and leads legislative initiatives and parliamentary processes for activities in the House of Commons and Senate, as well as executive correspondence for the Minister and Deputies. Before this, Jimmy was the Director of Issues Management in the Deputy Minister's Office.

Jimmy joined Transport Canada in 2002. In 2008, Jimmy became the departmental liaison in the Deputy Minister's Office for the Transport, Infrastructure and Communities portfolio. There, he helped navigate relations with the offices of various ministers, and oversaw all parliamentary business for the Deputy Minister. In 2010, he joined Infrastructure Canada as Chief of Parliamentary and Cabinet Affairs, before returning to Transport Canada as Chief of Parliamentary Affairs in 2012. In 2016, Jimmy rejoined the Deputy Minister's Office serving as Director of Issues Management and the Director of Strategic Services. Jimmy became the Chief of Staff to the Deputy Ministers in September 2020.


Jennifer Little

Executive Director to the Deputy Minister


Jennifer has been at Transport Canada since 1999. Before becoming the Executive Director to the Deputy Minister in June 2016, she was the Department's Access to Information and Privacy (ATIP) Director and Coordinator, from September 2014 to June 2016.

Previously, she was the Director of the International Relations branch. She has many years of service working with Transport Canada’s groups and regions to deliver on major projects and priorities.

Jennifer is a graduate of the University of Toronto (Trinity College).

Senior Executives - Headquarters



Lawrence Hanson

Assistant Deputy Minister, Policy


Lawrence Hanson became the Assistant Deputy Minister of Policy at Transport Canada in June 2017.

Before this, Lawrence served as Assistant Deputy Minister in two roles at Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED): first for the Spectrum, Information Technologies and Telecommunications sector, and later for Science and Innovation.

At Environment Canada, Lawrence was Director General of Strategic Policy. After joining the public service in 1996, he also worked in the Privy Council Office and at the former Human Resources Development Canada.

Lawrence holds a Bachelor's degree in Political Studies from the University of Saskatchewan and a Master's degree in Political Science from the University of British Columbia.


Anuradha Marisetti

Assistant Deputy Minister, Programs


Anuradha (Anu) Marisetti joined Transport Canada in October 2018 as the Assistant Deputy Minister of Programs.

Anu has wide-ranging experience in leading large-scale operations and programs. She plays a key role in developing and implementing sustainable transportation frameworks that support Canada's economic growth and connectivity.

Before joining Transport Canada, Anu held senior positions at the Correctional Service of Canada, as Regional Deputy Commissioner, and at the Canada Revenue Agency as Director General of Human Resources Branch.

Anu began her career at Health Canada where she was Regional Director of Ontario and Nunavut Regions. She holds a Master of Science degree from the University of Toronto and a Master's in Public Administration from Queen's University.


Kevin Brosseau

Assistant Deputy Minister, Safety and Security


As the Assistant Deputy Minister of Safety and Security for Transport Canada, Kevin Brosseau leads the development of regulations and standards to support safety and security in air, marine, rail and road transportation.

Before joining the department, Kevin was Deputy Commissioner, Contract and Indigenous Policing with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) where he spent most of his career. He began working as a police officer in 1988 and after ten years rose to Assistant Commissioner, Contract and Indigenous Policing, and Commanding Officer, Manitoba Division. He was promoted to Deputy Commissioner in 2016.

Kevin holds a Masters of Laws degree from Harvard Law School and is a former Fulbright Scholar. He is originally from Bonnyville, Alberta and of Métis descent.


Aaron McCrorie

Associate Assistant Deputy Minister, Safety and Security


Aaron McCrorie was appointed Transport Canada's Associate Assistant Deputy Minister of Safety and Security in September 2018.

Before that, he was the Director General of the Aviation Safety Regulatory Framework (Civil Aviation). Over his career, he has led a number of regulatory programs in the areas of surface security, security for major special events, aviation security and aviation safety. Aaron has been at Transport since 1999.

Aaron encourages open and respectful discussions on even the most difficult issues. He promotes working with all partners on innovative solutions to transportation safety and security challenges.

Aaron holds a Bachelor of Arts from Carleton University and a Master of Arts from the University of Regina, both in Political Science.



Julie Leese

Chief Digital Officer


Julie Leese is Transport Canada's first Chief Digital Officer in January 2019 and is leading the department's transformation journey, including our move to digital.

Julie joined Transport Canada in 2017 as the Chief Information Officer (CIO), successfully modernizing the department's Information Management and Information Technology program to better enable how we deliver our programs and services.

With over 33 years of experience in the public service, Julie began her career at the Department of National Defence. She has also worked at Public Works, Agriculture Canada, the Treasury Board Secretariat and Correctional Services Canada.

Julie is very active in the Government of Canada's CIO community. She established a Government of Canada Women's CIO Forum, which meets regularly and organizes Women in Technology events.


Ryan Pilgrim

Chief Financial Officer, and Assistant Deputy Minister Corporate Services


Ryan Pilgrim became Transport Canada's Chief Financial Officer and Assistant Deputy Minister, Corporate Services in June 2019.

Ryan has substantial experience in accounting, budget management and financial policy development. In 2018, he joined Transport Canada as the Director General, Financial Planning and Resource Management.

Before this, Ryan held various positions at the Department of Fisheries and Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard. He was Director General of Budget and Cost Management at Public Services and Procurement Canada. Ryan also worked at the Treasury Board Secretariat and led the talent management of financial personnel across the Government of Canada.

Ryan began as an accountant with Ernst and Young and joined the public service in 2002. He graduated from Queen's Commerce with a specialization in Finance and is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA-CA)


Alain Langlois

Departmental Senior General Counsel


Alain Langlois was appointed Senior General Counsel and Executive Director of Transport and Infrastructure Legal Services (TILS) in August 2018. He has practiced transportation law for over 20 years.

Alain joined TILS in 2005. From 2014 to 2018, he was General Counsel and Deputy Executive Director, then Senior General Counsel and Executive Director. From 2009 to 2014, he was senior counsel responsible for surface transportation-related issues, including the Detroit River International Crossing project. From 2007 to 2009 he was the senior counsel responsible for all transportation modes.

Alain practiced law at the Canadian Transportation Agency from 1998 to 2005. He has also practiced municipal law in Montréal. Alain is a member of the Quebec Bar. He holds a LL.L. from the University of Ottawa and a certificate in Political Science from l'Université Laval.

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David Leach

Chief Audit and Evaluation Executive


David Leach is Transport Canada's Chief Audit and Evaluation Executive and Senior Integrity Officer.

David has over 25 years of experience auditing and reviewing Transport Canada's governance, risk management and controls. As Director of Audit and Advisory Services for the past decade he has helped evolve the function to provide senior management with real time assurance and advice.

David is a Certified Internal Auditor and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and a Master's of Public Administration both from the University of Victoria.


Dan Dugas

Outgoing Director General, Communications


Dan Dugas is an award-winning former war and political correspondent, who has covered stories from Antigonish to Zimbabwe. He covered Parliament Hill for more than 20 years.

A former Chief of Bureau for Newsradio Ltd., Dan oversaw daily news coverage in the four Atlantic Provinces for the national news service before moving to the Canadian Press in Halifax working as a legislative reporter and editor. He moved to Ottawa in 1986 with Canadian Press where he was named a senior reporter/editor on the Hill.

He was Director of Communications to the ministers of Defence and Foreign Affairs between 2006 and 2010.

Dan is a past vice-president of the Canadian Wire Service Guild and past president of the Halifax and National Press Clubs of Canada.

Dan has been Director General at Transport Canada for 9 years and is retiring at the end of December. He is being replaced by Jacqueline Roy, formerly the Executive Director of the Communications Group. Jackie has 28 years of experience in the Public Service, having worked in the Privy Council Office and the Transportation Safety Board.


Jacqueline Roy

Incoming Director General, Communications


Jacqueline Roy is becoming Director General of Communications on December 9, 2019.

Jackie is a career public servant who began her career in the office of the Clerk of the Privy Council in 1991. She has managed safety and security communications files with the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority, Public Safety Canada, Environment and Climate Change Canada, and most recently as head of communications at the Transportation Safety Board of Canada before returning to Transport Canada as Executive Director of Communications. Jackie has worked in regional positions in Moncton, Toronto and Vancouver.

Jackie has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science as well as a Diploma in Public Relations Management, both from McGill University.

Jackie is passionate about music and is a member of Ottawa’s award-winning Canadian Showtime Chorus, and Ottawa’s Suzart theatre company. She is an avid sports fan(atic), and particularly adores the Ottawa Redblacks and the Canadian Football League.


Jane Weldon

Executive Head, Oceans Protection Plan


Jane Weldon was appointed Executive Head of the Oceans Protection Plan in September 2019.

Jane was Director General of Marine Safety and Security from June 2016 until September 2019, responsible for policies and regulations to advance the safety and security of Canada's marine transportation system. She also served as Director General of Transportation Infrastructure Programs from 2009 to 2016 on major port, airport, transit, rail and highway projects across Canada.

Before joining Transport Canada, Jane was Director General of the Homelessness Partnering Secretariat at Human Resources and Skills Development Canada. She held various other positions there from 2005 to 2009 and at Health Canada from 1990 to 1998. Jane began her career as a member of HMCS Carleton, part of Canada's Naval Reserve. She has a Master of Business Administration and a Bachelor's degree from the University of Ottawa.



Robert Dick

Assistant Deputy Minister, Pacific Region


Based in Vancouver, B.C., Robert Dick is the Assistant Deputy Minister for the Pacific Region for Transport Canada, overseeing all of the department's programs and operations in the region.

Before joining the department's team in B.C. in 2014, Robert served in Ottawa as the department's Director General of Air Policy. In that position he was responsible for Canada's Permanent Mission to the International Civil Aviation Organization, international air policy, and domestic aviation sector policies related to air carriers, airports and air navigation services.

Robert has nine years' experience working in various roles in the Privy Council Office. He has also worked at Public Safety Canada on national cyber security and western economic diversification.


Shari Currie

Regional Director General, Prairie and Northern Region


Shari Currie was appointed as Transport Canada's Regional Director, Prairie and Northern Region in December 2017.

Shari brings more than 20 years of experience in the academic, not-for-profit and public sectors to this role. As the Regional Director of Civil Aviation for Pacific Region and part of the national management team, she led a number of transformation initiatives in the areas of surveillance, oversight and service delivery. She also served in other executive positions, including as Director of Policy and Regulatory Services, Civil Aviation and Director of Air Cargo Security.

Before Transport Canada, Shari worked at Public Safety Canada, Treasury Board Secretariat and the Department of National Defence. In the not-for-profit sector, Shari was the Executive Director of the Centre for Legislative Exchange, a Washington-based educational organization working on key Canada-United States policy initiatives.


Tamara Rudge

Regional Director General, Ontario Region


Tamara Rudge was appointed Transport Canada's Regional Director General for Ontario Region in October 2017, after becoming the Region's Executive Regional Director in June 2015.

Before this in Ottawa, Tamara served as the Director of Ports Policy for two years. She joined Transport Canada in 2009 as a senior policy advisor in the Deputy Minister's Office taking on further responsibilities as the Executive Director to the Deputy Minister.

Tamara started her career in the public service in 2002 at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. She later spent time at the United Nations' Food and Agricultural Organization as a trade analyst in Rome, Italy. Tamara holds a Master of Science in Agricultural Economics from the University of Saskatchewan, and a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Business from the University of Manitoba.


Albert Deschamps

Regional Director General, Quebec Region


In July 2014, Albert Deschamps was appointed Regional Director General at Transport Canada for Quebec.

Before this, from 2002 Albert worked at Citizenship and Immigration Canada where he was promoted in 2005 to Director General of the Quebec Region. In the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake in Port-au-Prince, he played a crucial role in the relief effort for the Haitian community both in the field and here in Canada. In 2012, he became manager of the immigration program at the Canadian Embassy in Mexico.

Albert began his public service career in 1992 at Statistics Canada. He then joined the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and worked at Human Resources Development Canada. Albert holds a Bachelor of Management Science from the University of Ottawa.



Ann Mowatt

Regional Director General, Atlantic Region


Ann Mowatt became Transport Canada's Regional Director General, Atlantic Region in September 2014.

In 2010, Ann joined the Treasury Board Secretariat (TBS) as Executive Director, Environment and Transportation. For four years, she was responsible for leading the TBS analysis of Transport Canada's strategic and operating review and its submissions to the Treasury Board.

Early in her career as a lawyer, Ann worked with a private-sector law firm in Saint John, New Brunswick. Later, she joined Human Resources Development Canada where she led sectors involving policy and planning. In 2006, Ann was promoted to Director General, Policy Development for the Public Service Commission.

Ann holds a Master of Arts in Security and Defence Management and Policy from the Royal Military College of Canada, and degrees in Law and History from Dalhousie University.