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John Knubley

John Knubley was appointed Deputy Minister of Industry Canada on September 17, 2012. In this capacity, he leads the work of the department in helping make Canadian industry more productive and competitive, thereby improving the economic and social well-being of Canadians.

Prior to joining Industry Canada, he served as Deputy Minister, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada where he supported the development and implementation of Bill C-18, The Marketing Freedom Act, as well as the completion of negotiations with provinces of a new five-year suite of agricultural programs oriented to innovation and market development.

He has also served as Deputy Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs at the Privy Council Office, Associate Deputy Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, Associate Deputy Minister of Natural Resources Canada and Vice-President (Nova Scotia) of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency.

Mr. Knubley has a B.A. from Yale University, US, and a Master of Philosophy, Politics and Economics from the University of Oxford, UK. He also obtained a post-graduate diploma from the Institut Européen des Hautes Études Internationales in Nice, France, as well as a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.