Honourary Doctor of Laws - Spring 2012
Wayne Wouters began his career as a Lecturer in Economics at the University of Saskatchewan in 1975. His public service career began in 1977 when he joined the Government of Saskatchewan. He remained with the provincial government for five years and held several positions during this period.
In 1982, Mr. Wouters made the move from the provincial public service to the federal public service and moved to Ottawa. He joined what was then known as the Department of Energy, Mines and Resources as the Director of Industry Analysis. In 1986, he became Deputy Director General, Project and Fiscal Analysis and was appointed Director General, Financial and Market Analysis in 1989.
In 1990, he accepted a position as Director, Economic Development Policy Branch with the Department of Finance, and became the General Director in 1993.
In 1994, Mr. Wouters joined the Privy Council Office (PCO) where he was the head of the Federal Task Force on the Newfoundland Economy. Being from the prairies, this position was an excellent learning opportunity as it offered great insight and perspective on the challenges faced by Atlantic Canadians and Newfoundland in particular. He discovered that they weren't so different than the ones faced by the people of Saskatchewan.
The Federal Taskforce on the Newfoundland Economy fulfilled its objectives over an eight month period and upon the fulfillment of its mandate, he was appointed Assistant Secretary to the Cabinet (Program Review), and oversaw preparation of the expenditure reduction plan that was part of the 1995 federal Budget.
In December 1994, he was appointed Deputy Secretary to the Cabinet (Plans and Consultation). Mr. Wouters remained with the Privy Council Office until September 1997.
His first appointment as a Deputy Minister was at the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (Canada) where he served for five years until 2002. After serving at DFO, he went to Human Resources Development Canada (HRDC) as Deputy Minister and Chairperson of the Canada Employment Insurance Commission and Deputy Minister of Labour. He oversaw the reorganization of HRDC and was later appointed Deputy Minister, Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC).
From December 2004 to June 30, 2009, he was Secretary of the Treasury Board.
Mr. Wouters was appointed Clerk of the Privy Council and Secretary to the Cabinet by the Prime Minister on July 1st, 2009.