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Élise Legendre (she/her)

Chief Data Officer, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC)

Élise was appointed Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s (AAFC) Chief Data Officer in the summer of 2021.  She leads a small, passionate team of policy and IT professionals dedicated to harnessing and unleashing the power of data to improve service delivery and to support the sector’s sustainable growth. 
In 2003, after having worked in strategic marketing in the private sector for nearly 12 years, her career with the federal public service began as a Commerce Officer with AAFC.  She has since held positions in several branches, including Strategic Policy, Corporate Management and Programs.  She is passionate about the role of government and the impact it can have to improve the quality of life for Canadians.  
Élise holds a Master's in Business Administration from Simon Fraser University (Vancouver, BC) and a bachelor's degree in Arts, major in Political Sciences from Laval University (Sainte Foy, QC).


FWD50 Extras: The Evolving Role of the Chief Data Officer in the Government of Canada

May 19, 2022  2:00 PM – 3:30 PM
In 2021 the Institute on Governance launched a study in partnership with four Government of Canada departments to examine the role of Departmental Chief Data Officers – a relatively new position within the federal government. See more.
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