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The Initiative was launched in 2002 by the Canada School of Public Service (CSPS) to create a strong relationship between the University Sector and the Public Service. Deputy Minister University Champions across Canada work with their University partners to

  • build relations between the Government of Canada and universities to identify shared priorities and move forward together;
  • align university research/curricula with federal public service priorities, and promote and facilitate exchanges on public policies and programs; and
  • build awareness of career opportunities in the federal public service and facilitate recruitment and branding activities.

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Arianne Reza
Associate Deputy Minister




Arianne Reza became Associate Deputy Minister of Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) in August 2021.

Prior to this appointment, Arianne was the senior official responsible for federal procurement. She oversaw 1,400 employees across Canada that procure more than $14 billion worth of goods and services annually on behalf of over 100 federal departments and agencies. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Arianne led the urgent procurement of critical goods and services to ensure the health and safety of Canadians, including vaccines and personal protective equipment.

Arianne directed the development and implementation of procurement modernization initiatives in the Government of Canada, such as the implementation of a modern, cloud-based electronic procurement solution. During her tenure, Arianne also guided the establishment of PSPC's Accessible Procurement Resource Centre, the implementation of social procurement pilots, the improvement of payment timeliness to suppliers from 30 to 15 days, and the launch of the Policy on Ethical Procurement of Apparel.

Arianne has over 25 years of experience in the federal public service. Throughout her career, she held many interesting positions.

Arianne previously worked at the Canada Border Services Agency, where she held senior executive roles in regional and international operations and overseeing commercial and traveller border programs. She was also previously Special Advisor to the Associate Secretary of the Treasury Board, and Special Advisor to the President of the Canada School of Public Service.

Arianne holds a bachelor's degree in psychology from Carleton University and completed the Advancing Women in Leadership Program from the Sprott School of Business.