Simon Kennedy is a distinguished alumnus of MSVU, graduating with a Bachelor of Public Relations in 1991. His time at MSVU was marked by numerous achievements, including receiving the prestigious Senate Medal, various merit scholarships, making the Dean’s List and being named class valedictorian. He also holds a Master of Science in Communications Management from Syracuse University and is a graduate of INSEAD’s Advanced Management Programme.

After graduating, Simon began a remarkable career in the public service. Over the years, he has held progressively senior positions in many different organizations, including Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada, Health Canada, and Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada.

Simon’s dedication and leadership were especially evident during his tenure as Deputy Minister of Health, where he played a pivotal role in responding to the opioid crisis. Simon has served on many boards at various organizations, including the Mental Health Commission of Canada, the International Economic Forum of the Americas, and the Canadian Institute for Health Information.

He continues to shape Canada’s future through his impactful work in the public service. Today, he is the Deputy Minister of Innovation, Science, and Economic Development Canada and is a Board Member for the Ottawa Community Foundation. His journey from MSVU to where he is today shows the power of education and his commitment to serving Canadians.

Notes Simon: “I think my smartest Mount-enabled decision by far was marrying fellow MSVU alumni Suzanne McCarthy (BPR 90). My success in career and life are owed in no small measure to that one wise move.”

MSVU’s history is rich with the stories of countless people who’ve had an impact on the university and in the broader community. Over the course of 2023, we’re featuring mini stories about those wonderful MSVU students, faculty, staff and alum. Check back often to meet more amazing MSVU people!