Federal deputy ag minister retiring, new DM named

One of Canada’s former federal trade negotiators for the North American market is set to become the country’s top agriculture bureaucrat at the end of this month.

Andrea Lyon, who from 2009 to 2011 was an associate deputy minister for agriculture and agri-food and has been associate deputy minister of the environment since July 2011, returns to Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada starting April 28 as deputy minister.

Lyon has a B.A. in political science from the University of Manitoba and has worked in the federal civil service since 1993. As deputy ag minister she replaces Suzanne Vinet, who’s retiring after 30 years in the civil service and has held the post since September 2012.

Lyon worked for about 15 years in the federal department of foreign affairs and international trade, starting as deputy director of its U.S. trade relations division.

She served as chief trade negotiator for North America in 2006 and 2007, managing Canada’s trade policy relating to the U.S. and Mexico, after a stint from 2003 to 2006 as director general for the department’s North America trade policy bureau.

Before taking the ADM post with AAFC in October 2009, she worked for Citizenship and Immigration Canada as assistant deputy minister for strategic and program policy.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper, announcing Lyon’s appointment Friday, thanked Vinet in the same notice, recognizing “her many accomplishments, leadership and dedicated commitment to excellence in serving Canada.” [Related story]

Vinet, who came to the public service by way of AAFC starting in 1984, worked for the ag department through to 2007, except for a stint in the foreign affairs and international trade department as director general for trade policy in international trade (2002-05). — AGCanada.com Network

 

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