Department Officials

Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence

The Honourable Kent Hehr, Minister of Veterans Affairs

The Honourable Seamus O’Regan

Seamus O’Regan is the Member of Parliament for St. John’s South–Mount Pearl. He is best known to Canadians for his ten years as co-host of CTV’s Canada AM.

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Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence

Sherry Romanado, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence

Sherry Romanado

Sherry Romanado was elected as a Member of Parliament in the riding of Longueuil—Charles-LeMoyne in October 2015.

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Deputy Minister, Veterans Affairs Canada

General Walt Natynczyk, Deputy Minister, Veterans Affairs Canada

General (retired) Walt Natynczyk CMM MSC CD

General Walt Natynczyk was appointed Deputy Minister of Veterans Affairs Canada effective November 3, 2014. Prior to that he was President of the Canadian Space Agency from August 2013 to November 2014, which followed his retirement from the Canadian Armed Forces where he last served as Chief of Defence Staff from July 2008 to October 2012.

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Associate Deputy Minister, Veterans Affairs Canada

Karen Ellis, Associate Deputy Minister

Karen Ellis

Karen Ellis was appointed Associate Deputy Minister of Veterans Affairs Canada effective August 10, 2015.

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Assistant Deputy Minister, Service Delivery

Michel Dioron, Assistant Deputy Minister, Assistant Deputy Minister Service Delivery

Michel Doiron

Michel Doiron is Assistant Deputy Minister of Service Delivery at Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC). He joined VAC on December 23, 2013 and is responsible for providing direct service to Veterans, Canadian Armed Forces members, RCMP members, certain civilians and their families.

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Assistant Deputy Minister, Chief Financial Officer and Corporate Services

Elizabeth Stuart, Assistant Deputy Minister, Chief Financial Officer and Corporate Services

Elizabeth Stuart

Elizabeth Stuart is the Assistant Deputy Minister of Chief Financial Officer and Corporate Services. In this role, she is also the Department's Chief Financial Officer and Chief Information Officer.

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Assistant Deputy Minister, Strategic Oversight and Communications

Charlotte Bastien, Assistant Deputy Minister, Strategic Oversight and Communications

Charlotte Bastien

Mrs. Charlotte Bastien is the Acting Assistant Deputy Minister of Strategic Oversight and Communications.

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Assistant Deputy Minister, Strategic Policy and Commemoration

Bernard Butler

Bernard Butler

Bernard Butler is Assistant Deputy Minister of Strategic Policy and Commemoration at Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC) and is also responsible for the implementation of the Department's Five-Year "Care, Compassion and Respect" Strategic Plan.

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