Prof. Alex Himelfarb
Director of the Glendon School of Public and International Affairs
York University, and
Former Clerk of The Privy Council
Before joining the Public Service in 1981, Dr. Himelfarb was a professor of sociology at the University of New Brunswick. Since then he has held a number of positions, including Director General, Planning and Management Branch with the Department of the Solicitor General; Executive Director of the National Parole Board; Assistant Secretary to the Cabinet, Social Policy Development with the Privy Council Office; and Associate Secretary of the Treasury Board. While serving at the Treasury Board, he also headed the federal Task Force on the Social Union. In 1999, Mr. Himelfarb became Deputy Minister of Canadian Heritage, a position he held until his appointment as Clerk of the Privy Council. He was appointed Canadian Ambassador to Italy in 2006.