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Deputy Minister Champion
The Deputy Minister (DM) Champion is appointed by the Clerk of the Privy Council. The role of the DM Champion is to ensure that at the highest executive levels, the voice of managers is heard and profiled, while also providing the NMC with strategic advice and guidance. The DM Champion chairs the ADM Advisory Board.
Deputy Minister Champion, National Managers’ Community
Associate Deputy Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada
Arun Thangaraj was appointed as the newest Associate Deputy Minister in September 2022. He brings over 20 years of experience in information technology, corporate planning, finance and management. Before joining Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, and for the past 2 years, Arun was the Associate Deputy Minister at Transport Canada. Prior to his role at Transport Canada, Arun was Assistant Deputy Minister and Chief Financial Officer at Global Affairs Canada, where he was responsible for information management and information technology. In 2011, he was appointed Deputy Chief Financial Officer at the former Canadian International Development Agency.
Arun received the Queen Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2013 for his contribution to the federal public service and to his community. He has served on various governance boards, including the Global Fund's Finance and Operations Committee, and is a member of the Public Sector Pension Advisory Committee. He is also a sessional lecturer at Carleton University's School of Public Administration, where he has taught courses in the management stream for many years. Arun is a chartered professional accountant and holds a Master of Arts in Public Administration from Carleton University, a Master of Business Administration from the University of Ottawa, and an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Toronto.
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