Rachel Wernick

Rachel Wernick

Senior Assistant Deputy Minister, Skills and Employment Branch, Employment and Social Development Canada, Government of Canada

As Senior Assistant Deputy Minister, Skills and Employment Branch, at Employment and Social Development Canada, Rachel is responsible for a wide array of labour market policies and programs. Prior to taking on her current position, Rachel held executive positions with Canadian Heritage, the Privy Council Office, Citizenship and Immigration Canada, and created and led the National Fighter Procurement Secretariat within Public Works and Government Services Canada. Rachel is known for her passion for policy excellence and is Co-Champion of the Clerk’s Policy Community initiative, which aims to enhance supports for policy professionals across the Government of Canada. Her experience holding a variety of roles has made her a strong proponent of the benefit of multi-disciplinary approaches and user-centric design. Before joining the public service, Rachel worked in the voluntary sector with several international development organizations, including working two years in a Vietnamese refugee camp in Malaysia. This experience working with people from around the world was formative in shaping her appreciation for diversity, intercultural understanding and global citizenship.