Deputy Minister of International Development and Deputy Minister for Women and Gender Equality

Diane Jacovella

On June 23, 2017, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau appointed Diane Jacovella as Deputy Minister of International Development, effective July 31, 2017. In addition to continuing her role as Deputy Minister of International Development, Ms. Jacovella has recently been appointed as Deputy Minister for Women and Gender Equality, as an interim measure, effective May 6, 2019. Prior to these appointments, Ms. Jacovella had served as associate deputy minister of foreign affairs since March 14, 2016.

Diane Jacovella joined the public service of Canada in 1988 and spent the first 12 years of her career at Health Canada. She then worked as director of policy in the Voluntary Sector Task Force at the Privy Council Office (2000 to 2002); as director general, strategic integration, at Human Resources Development Canada (2002 to 2004); and as director general, strategic policy, in the Security and Intelligence Secretariat at the Privy Council Office (2004 to 2006). In 2006, she joined the Canadian International Development Agency as director general, eastern and southern Africa, and then occupied the position of vice president of Multilateral and Global Programs Branch from 2007 to 2013. In November 2013, she served as assistant deputy minister, global issues and development, at Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada. She also served as G7 foreign affairs sous-sherpa.

Ms. Jacovella holds a master’s degree in regional studies and a graduate diploma in management of public services from the University of Quebec, as well as a Bachelor of Science in nursing from the University of Ottawa.

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