President and CEO
President and CEO, Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan)
Was appointed in 2013 President/CEO of Colleges and Institutes Canada, the voice of Canada’s colleges, institutes, cegeps and polytechnics, and an international leader in education for employment in over 25 countries.
Was the President/CEO of the Canada Science and Technology Museums Corporation, a Federal Crown Corporation.
Has worked as Assistant Deputy Minister at the federal level in her last three roles. Worked in policy and programs in social, scientific, economic and cultural areas both in National Headquarters and in regions in several federal departments including Human Resources Development Canada, National Defense, Natural Resources Canada, Indigenous and Northern Affairs, Canadian Heritage, and the Public Service Commission and the Canada Public Service Agency. She also worked as an administrator for the Department of Education of the Northwest Territories (NWT) and taught in Ontario, Quebec and the NWT.
Past Chair of the World Federation of Colleges and Polytechnics and Chair of the Advisory Committee of the Institute of Science, Society and Policy (ISSP). Denise is a board member of the Forum for International Trade Training (FITT), the Ontario Trillium Foundation, the Canadian Centre for Science and Policy, and has been appointed by the Government of Canada on the Future of Skills Council of Canada.
Denise has received several leadership awards and is a sought-after speaker both nationally and internationally.