Karen Ellis

Karen Ellis has amassed considerable operational and strategic insight into the needs and challenges that face the federal agencies and departments responsible for defence, security and public safety.

Her career spans more than 20 years with a variety of executive leadership and management roles in Canada’s public service.Most recently, Karen Ellis served as Associate Deputy Minister at Veterans Affairs Canada, where she provided strategic direction to the department and advice to the Deputy Minister and the Minister on all aspects of policy development, program delivery, service excellence, stakeholder engagement, issues management and communications.

She has also served as President of the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario, Associate Deputy Minister at Natural Resources Canada, Assistant Commissioner for Ontario at the Canada Revenue Agency, Senior Vice-President at the Canada Public Service Agency, Assistant Deputy Minister for Infrastructure and Environment at the Department of National Defence, and as Director General for Multiculturalism, Aboriginal Peoples’ Programs, at the Department of Canadian Heritage.

Karen Ellis’ dedication has earned her the Joan Atkinson Award of Excellence for outstanding contribution and integrity as a leader in Canada’s Public Service. In February 2018, she was named Senior Fellow in Residence at the School of Political Studies at the University of Ottawa.