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Mark Johnson

Manager, Media Relations, Health Canada and the Public Health Agency of Canada


Mark Johnson manages the media relations team at Health Canada and the Public Health Agency of Canada, where he manages media requests, organizes new conferences, provides strategic advice to ministerial staff, and participates in media briefings with Dr. Tam.

Previously, Mark led the issues management and media analysis team at Environment and Climate Change Canada for several years. Mark also did a six-month assignment as a strategic communications advisor on international affairs at ECCC. His most notable achievement was leading the communications work to support the 25th Conference of the Parties (CoP25) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

Mark grew up in southern Ontario and moved to Ottawa in 2005. He did his undergrad in political science at the University of Waterloo and a Master of Arts in Communication at the University of Ottawa before enrolling in the MPM program in the fall of 2014. He has since completed a Master of Arts in Political Science (2022), also at Carleton.

During his university studies, he volunteered on numerous election campaigns and he eventually joined the federal public service in 2007. He now resides in Victoria, BC, and enjoys volunteering, travelling and reading.

“Learning more about how the political staff think and the environment in which they operate was highly beneficial to me professionally. After I completed MPM, my senior management, knowing the value of the MPM program, recommended that I apply my skills through a move into a senior issues management role, working on a daily basis with our Minister’s Office. The knowledge and experiences I took away from MPM are invaluable and I cannot recommend this program enough.” – Mark Johnson

Last Revision: August 14th, 2023