Dr. Janet R. Smith retired from the Public Service of Canada in August, 2000. She resides on Salt Spring Island where she serves on the Boards of the Gulf Islands Seniors Residence Association, the Canadian Federation of University Women (Salt Spring Branch), the Painters Guild, the Hospice Foundation and the strata she lives in. Prior to leaving the public service she was appointed Chair, Task Force on an Inclusive Public Service. From October 1995 until this appointment, Dr. Smith was Principal, Canadian Centre for Management. Dr. Smith was also Chair of the Federal Task Force on Service Delivery Models until its completion in December, 1996. Dr. Smith attended the University of California at Berkeley where she obtained a Ph.D. in Business Administration in 1974. In 1965, Dr. Smith obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce with Honours in Economics and Accounting, from the University of British Columbia., Dr. Smith was Deputy Minister of Western Economic Diversification from March 1993 to October of 1995.
She has held the posts of Deputy Minister of Consumer and Corporate Affairs, Executive Director of the Royal Commission on National Passenger Transportation, Deputy Minister, Privatization and Regulatory Affairs, and Associate Deputy Minister at the Department of Transport. From1981 to 1985, Dr. Smith was Assistant Secretary to the Cabinet, Economic and Regional Development Policy at the Privy Council Office. After joining the federal public service of Canada in 1972, in the Office of Equal Opportunities for Women, she held various positions in Agriculture, Treasury Board, and the Anti Inflation Board.
From 1969 to 1972, Dr. Smith was Assistant Professor at Simon Fraser University, teaching accounting and business information systems. Dr. Smith attended the National Defence College of Canada in Kingston from 1977 to 1978.
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