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Matthew King

Richard Wex


Associate Deputy Minister
Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada



The Canada School of Public Service (CSPS) organises the Deputy Minister University Champion Initiative at the federal level.

Deputy Minister University Champions seek to strengthen linkages between the Government of Canada and Canadian universities. The Champions work with their designated universities to promote education and research of mutual interest, as well as to build awareness of career opportunities in
the federal public service and facilitate recruitment-related activities on campus.

Associate Deputy Minister Richard Wex was named Deputy Minister University Champion for Ryerson University in May 2016.

Richard Wex was appointed Associate Deputy Minister, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) in September 2015.  His diverse team is located at 365 Laurier Avenue West, Ottawa. 

Prior to joining CIC, Mr. Wex served as the Vice-President, Programs Branch, Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) from 2013 to 2015. In this capacity, he was responsible for policy and program development at the CBSA covering the full span of the CBSA's mandate from facilitating low risk travel and trade to strengthening the CBSA's security posture to prevent illegal goods and people entering or staying in the country. While at CBSA, Mr. Wex led the delivery of key Agency priorities, including the Beyond the Border Action Plan and worked to strengthen program management excellence by driving an Agency-wide "Program Integrity Agendaā€¯ and leading an organizational redesign to foster a stronger, better organized Agency.

From 2007 to 2013, Mr. Wex was the Assistant Deputy Minister of the Law Enforcement and Policing Branch at Public Safety Canada, where he provided strategic leadership and policy advice to the Minister of Public Safety in carrying out his responsibilities for the RCMP.  In this capacity, Mr. Wex led the successful multi-billion dollar negotiation of the 20-year RCMP Police Services Agreements with contracting provinces, territories and municipalities, and worked on numerous program and policy files in support of the Government's law and order agenda. While at Public Safety, Mr. Wex also worked to strengthen RCMP accountability through the establishment of a new civilian oversight body, developed laws and policies to fight serious and organized crime throughout Canada and at our borders, and led new cross-border law enforcement measures with the U.S.

Prior to joining Public Safety Canada, Mr. Wex held a number of executive positions with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, including Director General, Aquaculture Directorate and Director General of the Habitat Management Program. Mr. Wex began his public service career in 1993 with the Department of Justice, practising in the areas of Public and Aboriginal law.

Mr. Wex holds a Bachelor of Laws degree (L.L.B.) from Queen's  University, and is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada. He is also a graduate of the Public Service Advanced Leadership Program and the Senior Managers in Government course from the Kennedy School of Public Administration at Harvard.  Mr. Wex is also a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition of his contributions to the public service.