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President and CEO

Denise Amyot

President and CEO, Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan)

Denise Amyot is the President and CEO of Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) which is the national voice of Canada’s publicly supported colleges, institutes, cégeps and polytechnics. She is a passionate advocate for Canadian post-secondary education and a proven leader with extensive experience in non-governmental organisations as well as the public sector.

Denise Amyot became president and CEO of CICan in 2013 following a distinguished career in the public service. Over the years, she has occupied a number of high profile leadership positions in several federal departments including Human Resources Development Canada, National Defence, Natural Resources Canada, Canadian Heritage, and the Public Service Commission. She has also worked as an administrator with the Department of Education of the Northwest Territories

Prior to joining CICan, she was President and CEO of the Canada Science and Technology Museums Corporation, a federal crown corporation which includes three national science museums. She has also served as Senior Vice-President of the Leadership and Talent Management Sector at the Canada Public Service Agency (now the Treasury Board), where she led and managed leadership development programs, and helped develop policies for employees and executives throughout Canada’s public service.

Before moving into management positions, she began her career as an educator and worked in Ontario, Quebec and the Northwest Territories to teach and develop a variety of pedagogical resource materials.

Parallel to her work at CICan, Denise Amyot is currently the Chair of the Advisory Committee of the Institute of Science, Society and Policy (ISSP). She also sits on the Human Resources Policy Committee of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce and on the Advisory Council of the Schulich Centre for Excellence in Public Management at Western University. She has also been appointed as a director by the Government of Ontario to the Ontario Trillium Foundation, Canada’s largest foundation. She has also been extensively involved in the World Federation of Colleges and Polytechnics and, after four years and a half at its helm, continues to sit on its Board as past Chair of the federation.

Denise Amyot has obtained a Master’s degree in Education and three Bachelor degrees in Biology, in Arts/Humanities and in Education. Dedicated to a strong values-based leadership, she is also passionate about sailing, cross-country skiing and networking.