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Catherine MacQuarrie

School Fellow

Catherine MacQuarrie
Deputy Secretary, Federal Engagement
Department of the Executive and Indigenous Affairs
Government of the NWT

Ms. MacQuarrie is responsible for overall strategic coordination of the territorial government’s engagement with federal departments and agencies. Her role is to enhance and strengthen collaborative partnerships that contribute to economic success and a high quality of life for the people of the NWT and for Canadians.

Ms. MacQuarrie’s career comprises a range of experience and expertise – in media, public service and Indigenous governance.  Over 23 years as a federal public servant, she held increasingly senior leadership positions in a number of departments and central agencies.

Most recently, Catherine was with the Institute of Public Administration of Canada (IPAC) where she established IPAC’s Indigenous Government Program and led a 2 year agenda of outreach, education, research, and partnership development.

Catherine is Métis, born in Alberta and raised in the Northwest Territories. In the early part of her career, she worked as a reporter, editor and then executive director of NCS NWT, a non-profit Indigenous media organization.  She is a Fellow of Carleton University’s School of Public Policy and Administration and holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration and Policy from the University of Ottawa.

Federal government positions:

2013-2015       Canada School of Public Service: Vice President, Strategic Directions and Service Excellence

2011-2014       Privy Council Office:  Assistant Secretary, Business Transformation and Renewal

2009-2010       Agriculture and Agri-food Canada:  Assistant Deputy Minister, Human Resources

2001-2007       Treasury Board Secretariat: Vice-President, Values and Ethics; Director General, Employer Policies; Executive Director, Office of Values and Ethics

1998-2000       Indian and Northern Affairs Canada:  Director, Self-government Policy

1994-1998       Indian and Northern Affairs Canada/ NWT Regional Office:  Director, Aboriginal and Territorial Relations