Meet members of the Centre on Public Management and Policy.
Susan Gregson served in the Canadian public service with distinction for 35 years, occupying several senior executive positions. Between 2013 and 2016, she was Assistant Deputy Minister for Asia Pacific at Global Affairs Canada. Prior to her last assignment, she served as Assistant Deputy Minister for Human Resources, Director General of Assignments and Executive Management, Director General, Regional Strategies, World Markets Branch, and Director, Human Rights, Humanitarian Affairs and International Women’s Equality Division, all in the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade. Susan has also represented Canada abroad. Her most noteworthy assignments were as Deputy High Commissioner in London, Consul General of Canada in Shanghai and Minister-Counsellor at the Canadian Embassy in Beijing. She holds a B.A. in anthropology from the University of British Columbia and was Canada-China Scholar at Nankai University and at Fudan University.
David has been a Senior Fellow at the Centre on Public Management and Policy since late 2016. He spent over 30 years with the federal public service and served as a Director General in a number of diverse functions ranging from Executive Development to Communications to Corporate Management. A graduate of the London School of Economics, David also spent 8 years with the Government of Saskatchewan.
Jim has overall responsibility for the Certificate Program. He is a Visiting Research Professor at the University of Ottawa, and Director of the Centre on Public Management and Policy. From 1973 until early 2009, Jim served in the federal public service. Over the last ten years, Jim served successively as Associate Deputy Minister in Human Resources Development Canada, Associate Secretary in the Treasury Board Secretariat, Associate Deputy Minister in Indian and Northern Affairs, and Deputy Secretary to the Cabinet (Public Service Renewal) in the Privy Council Office.
Simon Larivée-Boisvert is the Administrative Coordinator at the Centre on Public Management and Policy. He previously worked as an Academic Labour Relations Agent at The Office Office of the Associate Vice-President, Faculty Affairs at the University of Ottawa. Simon holds a Joint Honours BSocSc in Public Administration and Political Science.
William is an expert in public sector human and organization development. Over a period of twenty-five years he hasdesigned, delivered and evaluated leadership and professional development programs in the Canadian government, and for the governments of Saskatchewan, Ontario and New Brunswick. Hehas taught graduate courses in Advanced Organizational Behaviour, Organizational Leadership, and Organizational Change at Queen’s and Carleton Universities and holds professional credentials in Project Management (PMP), Human Performance Technology (CPT) and Human Capital Strategies (MHCS).
Natasha joined the University of Ottawa Centre on Public Management and Policy in 2021, after more than thirty years in the federal public service where she held progressively more senior positions within the Department of Finance, Canada Border Services Agency, the Privy Council Office (Intergovernmental Affairs), and Infrastructure Canada. Natasha finished her public service career as the Assistant Deputy Minister for Transformation at Transport Canada, where she led the internal modernization of the department, as well as the horizontal Oceans Protection Plan, with a strong focus on Indigenous reconciliation. She brings a proven track record of team building as well as mentoring and coaching individuals.
Lamia is the administrative assistant. Among her previous positions, Lamia was the Assistant to the Superintendent and the Secretary for the Director of Education of the Conseil des Écoles Publiques de l’Est de l’Ontario, the Office Manager for the Women Economics Council and the Project Assistant for support programs in Algeria. Lamia completed her studies at the University of Algiers in Algeria.