Denise Amyot has an outstanding record of public service. In 2013, she was appointed President and CEO of Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan, formerly ACCC), the voice of Canada’s publicly supported colleges, institutes and polytechnics. CICan works with industry and social sectors to train 1.5 million learners at campuses that serve over 3,000 communities in Canada and share Canadian know-how and experience in professional and technical training with 25 countries around the world, making Canada the country with the most postsecondary graduates according to the OECD.
Denise Amyot has served as Senior Vice-President of the Leadership and Talent Management Sector at the Canada Public Service Agency (now Treasury Board). She has worked in several federal departments, including Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada, Human Resources Development Canada, National Defence, Natural Resources Canada, Canadian Heritage, and the Public Service Commission. In two former roles as Assistant Deputy Minister, she was responsible for corporate management services, public affairs and ministerial services.
In a volunteer capacity, she has, since 2013, been Chair of the World Federation of Colleges and Polytechnics and Chair of the Advisory Committee of the Institute of Science, Society and Policy (ISSP). She also sits on the board of the new Bayview Innovation Centre in Ottawa and the board of the Essential Skills Social Finance Corporation, an innovative pilot project funded by the federal government to test the social finance concept in Canada.
Denise also sits on the Human Resources Policy Committee of the Chamber of Commerce and on the Advisory Council of the Schulich Centre for Excellence in Public Management at Western University.
Denise is a past President of the Institute of Public Administration of Canada, past Vice-President of the Head of Federal Agencies Steering Committee, past member of the Boards of Governors of Algonquin College and the University of Ottawa, and a past member of the Editorial Board of Canadian Government Executive magazine. She is also the former President of the Association of Professional Executives of the Public Service of Canada and former President of the Communications Community Office. Finally, She was Director of the Regroupement des gens d’affaires, as well as an active member of United Way Committees and the director of a foundation.
The recipient of several awards in leadership and a guest speaker at national and international conferences on leadership, professional and technical training, the public service, coaching/mentoring and applied research, Denise holds a Master’s degree in Education and three Bachelor’s degrees in Biology, Arts, and Education. She has also been certified by the Institute of Corporate Directors.