The Mount is thrilled to welcome Simon Kennedy, Deputy Secretary to the Cabinet and Mount alumnus, as its guest speaker at this year’s Alumnae Dinner, Thursday, March 5.

The first Mount alumnus to be named to the Top 40 Under 40™ in Canada list, Kennedy was also named one of the 100 most influential people in government and politics in Ottawa by the Hill Times in 2007.

As Deputy Secretary to the Cabinet (Plans and Consultations), he is responsible for providing assistance to the Prime Minister and Cabinet in defining the government’s objectives and priorities; formulating policy on economic and fiscal matters, including the Budget; and ensuring effective governmental communications and consultation. One of his key responsibilities is to provide advice and support for Cabinet meetings and planning retreats, as well as to the Cabinet Committee on Priorities and Planning.

He was previously Deputy Secretary to the Cabinet (Operations) at PCO, with responsibility for providing policy advice and ensuring interdepartmental coordination on a wide range of domestic policy and program issues, and the management of five Cabinet committees. Prior to his appointment as head of Operations, he was Assistant Secretary to the Cabinet (Economic and Regional Development Policy).

Earlier in his career, Mr. Kennedy held senior positions at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, where he helped develop Canada’s first agricultural policy framework as Director General of Policy Planning and Integration. He also worked for Transport Canada and the Canadian Coast Guard in a variety of progressively senior positions related to policy and communications.

Mr. Kennedy began his career as a co-op student from the Mount and graduated from the public relations program in 1991. He also holds a master’s degree in communications management from Syracuse University’s Newhouse School in New York.

Please join us in welcoming Mr. Kennedy back to the Mount tomorrow night.

Event begins at 6:00 p.m., Mr. Kennedy is scheduled to speak at 7:40 p.m.



For more information:
Akiko Lovett
Tel: (902) 457-6439