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Associate Deputy Minister
Public Safety Canada

Gina Wilson began her career in her First Nation community of Kitigan-Zibi as Executive Director of Health and Social Services and as Director of the Wanaki Treatment Centre. Ms. Wilson was a Senior Manager with the Assembly of First Nations (AFN), a national Aboriginal organization representing First Nation communities in Canada when she joined the Federal Government in 1996 and for five years served as Director General, Aboriginal Affairs at Correctional Service Canada. In 2003, Gina became Director General at Human Resources Skills Development Canada, before moving to the Privy Council Office (PCO) in 2005 as Director General of Engagement, where she organized a First Ministers Meeting.

Gina Wilson was appointed in 2006 as Assistant Deputy Minister (ADM) with Indian Residential Schools Resolution Canada and was a partner in the implementation of a settlement agreement for approximately 80,000 survivors of Indian Residential Schools in Canada. Her office oversaw the co-ordination of events leading to the Prime Minister's historic Apology on June 11, 2008. She then was named Senior Assistant Deputy Minister, Regional Operations, at Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) and was responsible for the implementation of operations and programming in seven regions. Gina was also a participant in the Advanced Leadership Program (ALP) in 2009.

Ms. Wilson was Assistant Deputy Minister of Emergency Management and Regional Operations at Public Safety Canada in 2011-2013, where she lead a national emergency management system and strategies to reduce and mitigate disasters in Canada and then was Senior Assistant Deputy Minister, Treaties and Aboriginal Government at Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada focused on reconciling Aboriginal and Crown interests through the negotiation and implementation of modern treaties.

Gina was then appointed as Associate Deputy Minister at Employment and Social Development Canada in March, 2014 where she served the Minister of State for Seniors and the Minister of State for Social Development, while tackling departmental efforts to reduce the backlog at the Social Security Tribunal. In addition, Gina lead initiatives such as "Job Bank/Job Match" - a national website to match employers and job seekers and several additional corporate and workplace initiatives.

Gina Wilson was appointed Associate Deputy Minister of Public Safety Canada on July 6, 2015.


Associate Deputy Minister
Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada

Ms. Hélène Laurendeau was appointed Associate Deputy Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada in December 2013.

In early 1991, Ms. Laurendeau joined the Public Service with the Department of Justice. She served as Legal Counsel and Senior Legal Counsel for four federal organizations. From 1999 until mid-2011, she held three different senior executive positions at the Treasury Board Secretariat, notably responsible for Labour Relations and Risk Management in Human Resources.

From September 2003 to October 2004, Ms. Laurendeau held the position of Special Advisor to the Clerk of the Privy Council on Cabinet confidences.

Most recently, she served as Senior Vice-President, Policy Branch, of the Public Service Commission of Canada. Her responsibilities there included delegation and accountability, political activities and non-partisanship and appointment policies.

Ms. Laurendeau graduated from the University of Ottawa in 1982 with a B.A. in Arts (Communication) and with a Law degree in 1985. She was called to the Québec Bar in 1986. Ms. Laurendeau practiced administrative, labour relations and human rights law in the private sector from 1986 to 1991.

Raised in Lanaudière, Québec, but with strong ties to the Bas St-Laurent, Ms. Laurendeau completed her high school studies at Collège de l’Assomption. She is the proud mother of two dynamic young adults.


Assistant Deputy Minister
Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs, Government of Ontario

Hillary Thatcher joined the provincial government in September 2013 as the Assistant Deputy Minister for Aboriginal Relations and Ministry Partnerships at the Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs. Prior to joining the Ministry, Hillary was the Director of First Nation and Metis Relations at the Ontario Power Authority, where she worked closely on procurement and funding support programs for Aboriginal communities. She also worked with remote First Nations and a team of energy planners on the development of a business case to examine the feasibility of expanding Ontario's transmission system to the remote First Nations in North-West Ontario. Hillary is Metis with lineage from Northern Alberta and is an active member of Toronto's Urban Aboriginal community. Hillary lives in Riverdale with her husband Clint Davis and their two children, Fern and Riel.


Assistant Deputy Minister
Corporate Services Branch, Health Canada

Debbie Beresford-Green is the Assistant Deputy Minister, Corporate Services for Health Canada and the Public Health Agency of Canada responsible for a variety of functions including HR, IM/IT, Real Property and Security.

Since joining Health Canada in 2008, Ms Beresford-Green has held various executive positions and been responsible for regional regulatory operations including regional laboratories and inspection activities; and grants and contributions funding for programs and the National anti-Drug Strategy and the Roadmap for Official languages.

Ms Beresford-Green began her Public Service career as a Customs Inspector. Over the course of her 17 years with the Public Service she has worked in positions of increasing responsibility at Industry Canada, Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat, and the Canada Revenue Agency at both headquarters and in regional offices.

She enjoys connecting with current and future public servants across the country and is active on Twitter.


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