Senior advisor with the Governmental Affairs and Public Policy practice of Bennett Jones
Serge is a senior advisor with the Governmental Affairs and Public Policy practice of Bennett Jones. He is a former senior executive in the Public Service of Canada. He last served as deputy clerk of the Privy Council and deputy minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, supporting the prime minister, Cabinet, and the clerk in the development and implementation of public policy, the conduct of federal-provincial-territorial relations, and the stewardship of the Public Service of Canada.
Prior to joining the Privy Council Office, Serge served as executive director for Canada, Ireland and the Caribbean in the International Monetary Fund (IMF), representing this constituency on the executive board of the institution.
From October 2010 to June 2014, 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, he chaired the deputy minister committee coordinating the development and application of federal regulation applying to major natural resources projects in Canada.
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. From 2001 to 2008, Serge held senior positions in Finance Canada, including assistant deputy minister, Financial Sector Policy, and general director (Analysis), Tax Policy. In previous positions in the Government of Canada, Serge contributed to policy reforms and transactions across a range of economic and financial domains. He served as finance counsellor in Canada’s mission in Paris (1993-96), departmental assistant to the minister of Finance (1996-97), and corporate secretary of Industry Canada (now Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada, 1997-99).
Serge holds a B.Sc. (University of Ottawa, 1981) and an M.A.Sc. (University of Waterloo, 1984) in Management Sciences. He participated in the international program of the École nationale d’administration (Paris, 1988-89).