Deputy Minister of Women and Gender Equality and Youth
Frances McRae was appointed as Deputy Minister of Women and Gender Equality Canada (WAGE) effective July 18, 2022. Prior to taking on this role, Frances served as Chief Administrative Officer at the RCMP, appointed in September 2021, where she provided leadership to the overall administration of the organization outside of policing operations. This included providing the Commissioner with advice on administrative policy, strategic direction, and the corporate operations of the RCMP, as well as leadership on key modernization files for the RCMP related to culture and people management in particular. In this capacity, she worked with other deputy ministers in federal partner organizations and departments.
Previously, she served as Assistant Deputy Minister, Small Business and Marketplace Services at Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED), fostering business and consumer confidence in the marketplace and small business competitiveness, with responsibility for policy, programs, and regulatory measures in support of small businesses. In this capacity, she worked with national and regional business organizations and stakeholders, including those supporting entrepreneurs facing barriers to economic participation, such as Indigenous peoples, women, racialized Canadians and LGBTQ2S+ business owners, cooperatives, and social enterprises, to support more equitable access to programs, services, and financing to start and grow their businesses.
Frances has worked in a variety of departments in the National Capital Region and Atlantic Region, including on public service renewal in the Privy Council Office, in strategic planning and change management at Shared Services Canada, on international summits at Global Affairs Canada, and in public affairs and stakeholder relations at Employment and Social Development Canada. She spent several years in mid-career outside government as a senior vice-president with a global public affairs firm.
Frances has an executive Master of Business Administration from Lansbridge University, a Master of Management from the American Graduate School of Management, and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from the University of Ottawa. She grew up on a farm and in a large family. She has two children now in their teenage years with her husband, Michael.
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