President

Taki Sarantakis

Taki Sarantakis

Taki Sarantakis is the President of the Canada School of Public Service, a position he assumed in July 2018.

Mr. Sarantakis came to the School from the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat, where he was the Associate Secretary of the Treasury Board from 2016 to 2018. From 2013 to 2016, Mr. Sarantakis was Assistant Secretary, Economic Sector, where he was responsible for providing ongoing support and advice to 28 departments and agencies, 15 Crown corporations and a number of port and airport authorities. In this role, he also provided advice directly to Treasury Board ministers on issues related to science and technology, environment, venture capital, regional economic development, infrastructure, natural resources, transportation and agriculture.

Prior to his tenure at the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat, Mr. Sarantakis was the Assistant Deputy Minister of Policy and Communications at Infrastructure Canada. During his time there, he played a major role in the policy design and program implementation for the Canada Strategic Infrastructure Fund, the Border Infrastructure Fund, the Municipal-Rural Infrastructure Fund, all program initiatives under the $33-billion Building Canada Plan and $5 billion of stimulus programming announced in Budget 2009, including the Infrastructure Stimulus Fund.

In 2011, Mr. Sarantakis was awarded Canada's Public Service Award of Excellence in Policy, and in 2013 he was a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.

Prior to joining the federal government, Mr. Sarantakis was a Doctoral Candidate in the Department of Political Science at the University of Toronto, and he also holds a B.A. (Specialized Hon., 1992) and a Master of Arts (1993) from York University in Toronto. He is also a graduate of the Rotman School of Management/Institute of Corporate Directors Director Education Program, holding the ICD.D designation.

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