Policy Leadership ProgramOffered with Telfer School of Management
Rachel Wernick is a Fellow with the Public Policy Forum (PPF), a Mentor with the Action Canada Leadership Program and the Program Director for the Policy Leadership Program at the Telfer Centre for Executive Leadership. Rachel is one of Canada’s leading practitioners in social and employment policy having gained experience in a variety of executive roles at Canadian Heritage, the Privy Council Office, Citizenship and Immigration Canada, and Public Works and Government Services Canada. She retired from the federal public service in May 2023 after a distinguished career that culminated in her role as Senior Assistant Deputy Minister of Skills and Employment at Employment and Social Development Canada.
Rachel is known by colleagues for her collaborative leadership and by staff for her commitment to developing and empowering team members at all levels. She is a strong proponent of the benefit of human-centered design and has a proven ability to lead multi-partner initiatives that take something from policy idea or challenge through to actionable options for implementation. Rachel’s excellent reputation as a policy leader resulted in her appointment as Co-Champion of the Clerk’s Policy Community initiative; a role she held for five years. Rachel has channeled her passion for policy into developing a curriculum that offers government executives access to current tools, leading edge thinkers and leadership lessons from recent experiences on complex policy initiatives.