Public Safety Deputy and Assistant Deputy Ministers

Gina Wilson, Deputy Minister

Gina Wilson

Gina Wilson was appointed Deputy Minister of Public Safety Canada effective May 6, 2019.

Gina Wilson is Algonquin and began her career in her First Nation community of Kitigan-Zibi as Executive Director of Health and Social Services and as Director of the Wanaki Treatment Centre. Ms. Wilson was a Senior Manager with the Assembly of First Nations (AFN), a national Aboriginal organization representing First Nation communities in Canada when she joined the Federal Government in 1996 and for five years served as Director General, Aboriginal Affairs at Correctional Service Canada. In 2003, she became Director General at Human Resources Skills Development Canada, before moving to the Privy Council Office (PCO) in 2005 as Director General of Engagement, where she organized a First Ministers' Meeting.

Ms. Wilson was appointed in 2006 as Assistant Deputy Minister (ADM) with Indian Residential Schools Resolution Canada and was a partner in the implementation of a settlement agreement for approximately 80,000 survivors of Indian Residential Schools in Canada. Her office oversaw the co-ordination of events leading to the Prime Minister's historic Apology on June 11, 2008. She then was named Senior Assistant Deputy Minister, Regional Operations, at Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) and was responsible for the implementation of operations and programming in seven regions. She was also a participant in the Advanced Leadership Program (ALP) in 2009.

Ms. Wilson was Assistant Deputy Minister of Emergency Management and Regional Operations at Public Safety Canada in 2011-2013, where she lead a national emergency management system and strategies to reduce and mitigate disasters in Canada and then was Senior Assistant Deputy Minister, Treaties and Aboriginal Government at Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada focused on reconciling Aboriginal and Crown interests through the negotiation and implementation of modern treaties.

Ms. Wilson was then appointed as Associate Deputy Minister at Employment and Social Development Canada in March 2014, where she served the Minister of State for Seniors and the Minister of State for Social Development, while tackling departmental efforts to reduce the backlog at the Social Security Tribunal. In addition, Ms. Wilson led initiatives such as "Job Bank/Job Match" - a national website to match employers and job seekers and several additional corporate and workplace initiatives. From 2015 to 2017, she was Associate Deputy Minister of Public Safety Canada where she focused her efforts on transforming the department to a healthy and caring workplace, and led files such as cannabis legislation, firearms and criminal justice reform. Ms. Wilson was appointed as Deputy Minister for Women and Gender Equality, formerly Status of Women Canada, on May 23, 2017.



Monik Beauregard, Associate Deputy Minister

Monik Beauregard

Monik Beauregard was appointed Associate Deputy Minister of Public Safety Canada effective August 12, 2019.

Prior to her appointment, Ms. Beauregard was Senior Assistant Deputy Minister, National and Cyber Security Branch (NCSB) at Public Safety Canada, where she was responsible for advancing a cohesive strategic vision for both national and cyber security.

On both counts, the focus was on articulating and addressing a broad range of policy issues critical to shaping, modernizing and implementing the national security and cyber security frameworks. Ms. Beauregard played a leadership and convening role in developing policies, programs, structures, tools and planning mechanisms as well as providing strategic advice on how to remain effective in addressing new and emerging threats.

Prior to her appointment at Public Safety Canada, Ms. Beauregard played a key leadership role in providing functional direction for the Canada Border Services Agency’s Enforcement and Intelligence Programs, including leading the development of the Agency’s enforcement and intelligence priorities, strategies, policies and programs.

From April 2009 to 2014, Ms. Beauregard served as Executive Director of the Integrated Terrorism Assessment Centre (ITAC) where she led the transformation of the ITAC, including reviewing its core mandate programs and support functions. Ms. Beauregard has also previously worked at the Privy Council Office from August 2003 to April 2009, where she was Deputy Executive Director of the Intelligence Assessment Secretariat. While in those functions, she was responsible for setting the strategic direction of the Secretariat, as well as leading the coordination of key intelligence files.

Ms. Beauregard started her public service career with the Department of National Defence where she held a variety of policy and intelligence positions. She holds a Master’s degree in Political Science from the Université de Montréal.


Public Safety Assistant Deputy Ministers

Ellen Burack, Assistant Deputy Minister, Community Safety and Countering Crime Branch

Ellen Burack

Ms. Burack has more than 25 years of experience in public policy development, program design and delivery, policy planning, research and analysis. Appointed in May 2018, she previously held the position of Director General of Environmental Policy at Transport Canada, working on a broad range of issues, including leading negotiations for Canada on reducing greenhouse gas emissions from international aviation and maritime shipping and various policy development, legislative and regulatory files. She has worked in a number of federal departments including Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Industry Canada, Environment Canada, and Public Works and Government Services, as well as at the Canada Science and Technology Museums Corporation, generally focused on environmental and related matters. She began her government career as an economist, and was first appointed as a Director General in August 2007 responsible for greening federal government operations.


Patrick Tanguy, Assistant Deputy Minister, Emergency Management and Programs Branch

Patrick Tanguy

Patrick Tanguy joined the Department of Public Safety in July 2017 as the Assistant Deputy Minister responsible for the Emergency Management and Programs Branch (EMPB). Prior to his appointment, Mr. Tanguy held various positions with increasing responsibilities in several departments including the Privy Council Office, Infrastructure Canada and the Department of National Defense. Most recently, Mr. Tanguy worked at the Privy Council Office as the Assistant Secretary to the Cabinet, Intergovernmental Relations, where he provided support to the Prime Minister for the planning and management of First Ministers Meetings focused on intergovernmental priorities. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a Master’s degree in Public Administration, both from Université Laval (Québec City).


Dominic Rochon, Senior Assistant Deputy Minister, National and Cyber Security Branch

Dominic Rochon

Dominic Rochon joined the Department in October 2019. Prior to his appointment, he was Assistant Deputy Minister, People Management Systems and Processes at TBS. His responsibilities included Phoenix stabilization, leading in shaping a Next Generation HR and Pay solution, and contributing to the transformation of business solutions. Prior to this role, Dominic was Deputy Chief, Policy and Communications with the Communications Security Establishment (CSE), where he was responsible for the organization’s Strategic Policy, Strategic Planning, Strategic Communications and Communications Services. Previously, Dominic served as Acting Director of Operations in the Security and Intelligence Secretariat at PCO. Earlier in his career, Dominic spent four years in TBS's International Affairs, Security and Justice Program Sector. Dominic received his Bachelor's Degree in Political Science with Honours in International Politics from the University of Ottawa.


Jill Wherrett, Assistant Deputy Minister, Portfolio Affairs and Communications Branch

Jill Wherrett

Jill Wherrett was appointed in September 2017. Prior to her appointment as ADM, she was Public Safety’s Director General, Strategic Planning, Research, Policy and International Affairs. Prior to joining Public Safety in 2012, Ms. Wherrett spent a number of years in various executive and senior advisor positions at Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada, including leading the department’s Parliamentary and Cabinet affairs functions and serving as an advisor on strategic policy and intergovernmental relations matters. Earlier in her career, she was a research officer with the Parliamentary Research Branch and policy advisor with the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Studies from Queens University and a Master’s degree in Political Science from the University of British Columbia. In 2012, she completed the Certificate Program in Public Sector Leadership and Governance at the University of Ottawa.


Patrick Amyot, Chief Financial Officer and Assistant Deputy Minister, Corporate Management Branch

Patrick Amyot

Patrick Amyot was appointed in June 2019. From October 2018 to June 2019, he was Director General of Programs in the Emergency Management and Programs Branch at Public Safety. Prior to that, he was Comptroller and Deputy Chief Financial Officer for the Department for three years. Patrick has been working within the federal government for 25 years. Since 2006, he has occupied various executive positions such as the Senior Director General, Integrated Corporate Accounting and Accountability at Employment and Social Development Canada. He has also held a range of positions with Industry Canada, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada, the Public Service Commission, and Transport Canada. Mr. Amyot holds a Bachelor’s degree in accounting as well as a graduate diploma in Management accounting from the Université du Québec en Outaouais. He is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) and a Certified Management Accountant (CMA).

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