Mr. George Da Pont was appointed Deputy Minister of Health Canada in August 2013.
Prior to joining the department, he served as President of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) which is a science based regulatory agency that enforces health and safety standards in relation to food, often working in close collaboration with Health Canada and the Public Health Agency of Canada. CFIA also develops and enforces regulations governing animal diseases and plant pests, again working with a variety of government departments.
From 2005 to 2010, Mr. Da Pont served as the Commissioner of the Canadian Coast Guard. He has also held a number of senior positions in the Privy Council Office, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans and Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada.
Mr. Da Pont holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Political Science, and a Master of Arts degree in History, both obtained at the University of Saskatchewan.