Ian Shugart

Clerk of the Privy Council (Canada) Justin Trudeau Michael Pitfield

Ian Shugart
24th Clerk of the Privy Council and Secretary to the Cabinet
Assumed office
April 19, 2019[1]
MonarchElizabeth II
Governor GeneralJulie Payette
Prime MinisterJustin Trudeau
Preceded byMichael Wernick
Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs
In office
May 16, 2016[2] – April 19, 2019
Governor GeneralDavid Johnston
Julie Payette
Prime MinisterJustin Trudeau
Personal details
Ian D. Shugart

Ontario, Canada
ResidenceOttawa, Ontario
Alma materTrinity College (BA)
OccupationPublic servant

Ian D. Shugart[3] is a Canadian public servant, serving as the 24th and current Clerk of the Privy Council of Canada. Before becoming clerk in 2019, he served as the deputy minister of Foreign Affairs.[4]

Personal life

Shugart graduated in from Trinity College at the University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Arts in political economy.[5]


Before becoming Clerk of the Privy Council of Canada, Shugart held many assistant, associate, and deputy minister positions in Canada. These included the assistant deputy minister of the health policy branch of Health Canada from 1999 to 2006, the associate deputy minister of the Environment of Environment Canada from 2006 until 2008 and the deputy minister of Employment and Social Development from July 2010. He held this position until his appointment as the deputy minister of Foreign Affairs on May 16, 2016.[6][7]

From 1997 to 1999, he served as visiting Assistant Deputy Minister, Health Protection Branch with Health Canada[8]

From 1993 to 1997, he served as the Executive Director of the Medical Research Council (now Canadian Institute of Health Research)[7]

From 1991 to 1993, he served as Assistant Secretary to the Cabinet for Social Policy and Programs in the Federal-Provincial Relations Office of the Privy Council Office[8]

From 1989 to 1991, he served as Chief of Staff to the Canadian Minister, Energy, Mines and Resources[8]

From 1984 to 1989, he served as Senior Policy Advisor to the Minister of National Health and Welfare[8]

From 1982 to 1984, he served as Policy Director in the Office of the Leader of the Opposition[8]

From 1980 to 1982, he served as Constitutional Policy Advisor in the Office of the Leader of the Opposition[8]

In 1979, he served as Administrative Secretary to the Premier’s Advisory Committee on Confederation with the Ministry of Intergovernmental Affairs in the Government of Ontario[8]


  1. ^ "Top bureaucrat Michael Wernick to step down April 19 after SNC-Lavalin controversy". Global News. Retrieved July 21, 2020.
  2. ^ "Ian Shugart | Public Policy at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy | University of Toronto". Retrieved July 21, 2020.
  3. ^ Government of Canada, Shared Services Canada (October 1, 2017). "Person Information". geds-sage.gc.ca. Retrieved July 21, 2020.
  4. ^ March 18, Maura Forrest More from Maura Forrest Published on:; March 18, 2019 | Last Updated:; Edt, 2019 7:08 Pm (March 18, 2019). "Who is Ian Shugart, the man who will replace Privy Council clerk Michael Wernick?". Brantford Expositor. Retrieved July 21, 2020.CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link)
  5. ^ "Ian Shugart | Public Policy at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy | University of Toronto". Retrieved July 21, 2020.
  6. ^ "Ian Shugart". Prime Minister of Canada. May 5, 2016. Retrieved July 21, 2020.
  7. ^ a b Office, Privy Council (May 29, 2017). "Clerk and Deputy Clerk". aem. Retrieved August 5, 2020.
  8. ^ a b c d e f g "Ian Shugart Backgrounder". Prime Minister of Canada's website. March 18, 2019.