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Denise Amyot

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.

She currently sits on two international boards (Qatar foundation and is past Chair of the World Federation of Colleges and Polytechnics), on three national boards (Montfort Hospital, Canada Science Policy Centre, Forum for International Trade Training where she holds the Vice-Chair and Chair of the Governance Committee positions and will the Incoming Chair). Denise is a past board member of the Ontario Trillium Foundation appointed by the Government of Ontario and has been appointed by the Government of Canada on the Future of Skills Council of Canada and the Government of Singapore on the Future Skills Singapore international Advisory Panel.

Denise has extensive leadership development experience. She is certified in professional coaching and has been leading the leadership institutes offered by CICan in Canada for more than 9 years. She does a lot of mentoring with the next generation in Canada and on the international scene.

Denise has received several national and international leadership awards and is a sought-after speaker both nationally and internationally.