Cheri has a wide range of experiences within the public sector and enjoys sharing her enthusiasm for doing meaningful work in the service of Canadians. She has settled refugees into communities, delivered programs to the homeless, counselled unemployed youth, opened new visa application centres in Mexico, developed online applications for immigrants and worked with all levels of government to provide seamless service to citizens. Never a dull moment!
Born in Sept-Îles, Quebec to an Air Force Reserve pilot and kindergarten teacher, Cheri is a graduate of Queens University (Economics) with a CPA designation. She started her career as a Statistical Analyst with the Department of Finance Canada analyzing international monetary policy. She subsequently moved to Prince Edward Island where she joined the Canada Employment and Immigration Commission as an Employment Counsellor and Refugee Settlement Officer. She remained with the department for many years, during which time she was involved in all aspects of employment, immigration and social programming.
In 2007, Cheri was accepted into the Accelerated Executive Development Program, in which she spent the next 4 years developing her leadership competencies. During that time, she worked at the Privy Council Office as a Special Advisor to the Deputy Secretary to the Cabinet on Senior Personnel and Public Service Renewal, and at Citizenship and Immigration Canada as the Director General of the Service Innovation Office.
In 2011, Cheri joined Natural Resources Canada and in 2016 she was appointed Assistant Deputy Minister, Corporate Management and Services Sector and Chief Financial Officer. She provided leadership for the delivery of all corporate services, including finance, procurement, human resources and real property, to employees across Canada.
Cheri was most recently appointed Assistant Deputy Minister (Finance) and Chief Financial Officer at National Defence in June 2019.