The federal government is shuffling its top civil servants in the country's economic portfolios.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced in a news release Monday that the departments of Industry, Trade, Finance and Treasury Board are getting new senior civil servants, some at the deputy minister level. A deputy minister is the top-ranking civil servant in a department, who works closely with the cabinet minister assigned to the portfolio. 

Simon Kennedy, now the senior associate deputy minister of Industry Canada, will become the deputy minister for International Trade next month. 

Yaprak Baltacioglu, deputy minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, will become secretary of the Treasury Board, the top post at the department in charge of making cuts to the public service and to government spending.

Jean Boivin, currently deputy governor of the Bank of Canada, will move to the Department of Finance as the associate deputy minister. A news release from the Bank of Canada says Boivin "will also serve as Canada's finance deputy on the international stage at the G7, G20 and Financial Stability Board.

Marta Morgan, assistant deputy minister of the industry sector at Industry Canada, will take on the role of associate deputy minister of Industry.

Most of the changes take effect Nov. 12, 2012, with Boivin assuming his new role on Oct. 25.

Changes at public safety, public works too

Other changes include:

  • François Guimont, deputy minister of Public Works and Government Services, will become deputy minister of Public Safety Canada.
  • Michelle d’Auray, currently secretary of the Treasury Board, will replace Guimont at Public Works and Government Services.
  • Louis Lévesque, deputy minister for International Trade, will replace Baltacioglu at Transport, Infrastructure and Communities. 
  • Guy Mc Kenzie, currently president of the Canada School of Public Service, becomes president of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec.
  • Linda Lizotte-MacPherson, currently commissioner of Revenue Canada, will replace McKenzie.
  • William F. Pentney, deputy secretary to cabinet (plans and consultations) in the Privy Council Office, will become deputy minister of justice and deputy attorney general of Canada.

The government is currently dealing with a number of big files that touch these portfolios, including the proposed takeover of Calgary-based Nexen by the Chinese state-owned company CNOOC, and another omnibus budget implementation bill, which is expected this week.