Secretary to the Governor General

Ian McCowan

Ian McCowan was appointed Secretary to the Governor General on February 1, 2021.

Education

Master of Law, University of Cambridge
Bachelor of Laws, Queen’s University
Bachelor of Commerce, Queen’s University

Professional Experience

Since March 2015
Deputy Secretary to the Cabinet (Governance), Privy Council Office

2012 - 2015
Assistant Secretary to the Cabinet (Communications and Consultations), Privy Council Office

2006 - 2012
Assistant Commissioner, Policy, Correctional Service of Canada

2001 - 2006
Director and General Counsel, Correctional Service of Canada Legal Services, Justice Canada

1999 - 2001
Director and Senior Counsel, Parks Canada Legal Services, Justice Canada

1993 - 1999
Counsel, Civil Litigation Section, Justice Canada