OTTAWA, Ontario (Monday, February 20, 2023) — Shalene Curtis-Micallef was appointed Deputy Minister of Justice and Deputy Attorney General of Canada, last week Monday. She had served as Associate Deputy Minister of the Department of Justice Canada, since September 1, 2021.
Over the course of her career, she has held various positions at Justice Canada, including: the roles of Assistant Deputy Minister (ADM) Tax Law Services Portfolio; Deputy ADM for the Policy Sector; and Executive Director and Senior General Counsel of Health Legal Services and of Agriculture and Food Inspection Legal Services.
Her career at Justice Canada — which started in the Tax Law Services Portfolio as tax litigation counsel — has touched on a variety of areas of law, with an emphasis on regulatory law and international law. Over the years, she has contributed to the advancement of significant legislative reforms, including in the areas of cannabis legalization and regulation, tobacco control, food safety modernization and public health.
Curtis-Micallef, who is a member of the Law Society of Ontario, completed her legal studies at Osgoode Hall Law School, and holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Ottawa.