Susan MW Cartwright

Before retiring in 2012, Ms. Cartwright enjoyed a stellar career of three decades in the federal public service. From July 2009 until her retirement, she was senior advisor to the Privy Council Office.

Susan MW Cartwright retired from the federal public service in March 2012 after 31 years of public service, during which she gained a broad range of management, policy, project, communications, and program experience.

From July 2009 until her retirement, Ms. Cartwright held the position of senior advisor to the Privy Council Office, in which capacity she led the legislative review of the Public Service Modernization Act and prepared a report that was tabled in Parliament in 2011. Prior to that appointment, Ms. Cartwright had been the associate deputy minister at Health Canada, and then the foreign and defence policy advisor to the prime minister, and deputy secretary to Cabinet at the Privy Council Office.

From 2003-2006, Ms. Cartwright held various positions at the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat, where she led the development of the Federal Accountability Act. From 2002 to 2003, she was the assistant deputy minister of policy at Fisheries and Oceans Canada. This followed a 21-year career in the Foreign Service, during which she served in five overseas capacities, including that of Canada’s ambassador to Hungary. She also held a variety of positions at Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada.

Ms. Cartwright was appointed Member of the Order of Canada in 2015, “for her contributions to public administration in Canada and for her community engagement.”

Ms. Cartwright holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Victoria and a master’s degree from the University of Waterloo. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Ottawa Hospital Foundation and is a commissioner at the Public Service Commission. In January 2013, she received the Public Service Outstanding Achievement Award from the prime minister in the presence of Canada’s governor general. She was a Mentor with the Trudeau Foundation in 2013-2014. She was elected to the Board of Directors of the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation in November 2014.

  • January 4, 2015
    A total of seven members of the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation were appointed to the Order of Canada on 30 December 2015. This honour recognizes outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation. Included among the 69 recipients announced by the Governor General of Canada, are: Companion of the Order of Canada

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