Simon Kennedy

Simon Kennedy

Deputy Minister of Health
Health Canada

Simon Kennedy is Deputy Minister of Health at Health Canada since January 2015. Since Simon joined the department, Health Canada has taken on a national leadership role in responding to the opioids crisis; negotiated agreements with the provinces and territories to allocate $11 billion in new funding to home care and mental health services; and launched important reforms to pharmaceutical pricing, nutrition labelling, vaping, and tobacco product packaging. He has also overseen Health Canada's leadership of the government's initiative to legalize and regulate cannabis, including passage of the Cannabis Act.

Previously, Simon served as Deputy Minister of International Trade and Canada's G-20 Sherpa. He oversaw the Trade Portfolio through one of the most productive periods in the history of Canadian trade negotiations. During Simon's tenure, negotiations were successfully concluded on the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement. Negotiations were also concluded on the Canada-South Korea Free Trade Agreement, Canada's first free trade agreement in Asia, and the treaty brought into force.

Prior to his assignment at International Trade, Simon served as the Senior Associate Deputy Minister at Industry Canada. One of his key responsibilities was to administer Canada's foreign investment review regime. For almost a year during this period, Simon was also the Prime Minister's representative on the Canada-U.S. Beyond the Border Working Group. In this role, he led the negotiation with the White House of the Canada-U.S. Action Plan for Perimeter Security and Economic Competitiveness, announced by the Prime Minister and President Obama in December 2011. Simon began his career with the public service in 1990 and has served in a variety of progressively senior roles in seven different organizations, including in five deputy minister-level appointments.