Name: Kevin G. Lynch
Convocation date: May 28, 2009
Discipline / contribution: public service
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Mr. Lynch is one of the most respected and influential public servant in Canada. His commitment to public service and Canada is unparalleled.Degree received: Doctor of Laws
Kevin Lynch was appointed Clerk of the Privy Council and Secretary to the Cabinet by the Prime Minister in 2006. As Clerk of the Privy Council and head of the Public Service of Canada, he plays a pivotal role in developing the Government of Canada agenda. Not only does he guide policy development and implementation, but is the chief public policy adviser to the Prime Minister.
Mr. Lynch has demonstrated a deep and passionate commitment to Canada throughout his career. In his previous senior positions, as Canada’s executive director to the International Monetary Fund in Washington, deputy minister of finance and deputy minister of industry, Mr. Lynch excelled as a leader in the Government of Canada.
Throughout his career, Mr. Lynch has demonstrated unmatched commitment to maintaining strong personal links to the private, academic and non-government sectors. As a result, he is well known and widely respected in all parts of Canada. As one nominator stated “Dr. Lynch is one of the architects of the Innovation Agenda in Canada, an initiative that has transformed the research and technology landscape of the country in many ways critical to its international competitiveness in today’s knowledge economy. The future sustainability of the high standard of living of all Canadians is dependent to a significant degree on this knowledge base”.
Through the years, Mr. Lynch has shown tremendous interest and commitment to Saskatchewan, and, in particular, the University of Saskatchewan. As deputy minister of industry, he played a critical role in the development of the government’s innovation agenda, which established the policy foundation that made the Canadian Light Source project at the U of S possible.
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