Serge Dupont

Deputy Clerk of the Privy Council and Associate Secretary to the Cabinet, Deputy Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs

Serge Dupont is Deputy Clerk and Associate Secretary of the Cabinet. In this role, he supports the Prime Minister, the Cabinet, and the Clerk of the Privy Council in the development and implementation of policy and the stewardship of the Public Service of Canada. He is taking on additional responsibilities as Deputy Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs.

Prior to joining the Privy Council Office, Serge served for 20 months as Executive Director for the constituency of Canada, Ireland and the Caribbean in the International Monetary Fund (IMF), serving on the 24-member Executive Board of the institution.

Previously, beginning October 2010, Serge was Deputy Minister, Natural Resources Canada (NRCan), overseeing federal responsibilities for energy, mining, forestry and earth sciences and leading a 4000-employee, science-based organization.  In this capacity, and as Chair of the Deputy Minister Committee for the Major Projects Management Office, he was the lead advisor to the Minister of Natural Resources and the Government of Canada on policy and regulation to expand investment and markets for Canada’s natural resources while safeguarding the environment and encouraging the participation of Canada's Aboriginal peoples. 

Serge joined NRCan in June 2008 as Associate Deputy Minister to lead the restructuring of Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL) and to advise on Canada’s nuclear sector.  In 2009, he was appointed Deputy Minister for Intergovernmental Affairs in the Privy Council Office while continuing to advise the Minister of Natural Resources on nuclear matters.  Serge’s efforts were instrumental in completing the sale of the CANDU Reactor Division of AECL in October 2011 and subsequently in launching a process to transform AECL’s Nuclear Laboratories under a Government-owned, Company-operated model of governance.

From 2001 to 2008, Serge held senior positions in Finance Canada.  As Assistant Deputy Minister, Financial Sector Policy, he oversaw the development of policy proposals for the management of Canada’s debt and international reserves, the competitiveness of capital markets, and the regulation of federally-regulated financial institutions and pension funds.  As General Director (Analysis), Tax Policy, he advised on tax policy proposals for four consecutive federal budgets.

Since joining the public service of Canada in 1983, Serge has worked on a wide range of economic and financial issues, including energy policy, the privatization of Crown corporations, market framework laws and regulation, and intellectual property policy.  He served as Finance counsellor in Canada’s mission in Paris, Departmental Assistant to the Minister of Finance, and Corporate Secretary of Industry Canada. 

Serge holds a B.Sc. (University of Ottawa) and an M.A.Sc. (University of Waterloo) in Management Sciences, as well as an international diploma in public administration from the Ecole nationale d'administration (Paris).  He serves on the Board of the Public Policy Forum, a non-profit organization.

Serge is married, with two children.  He is an avid guitarist and student of global affairs.