Alex Himelfarb

Director of the Glendon School of Public and International Affairs, York University
Dr. Alex Himelfarb is Director of the Glendon School of Public and International Affairs at York University. There Dr. Himelfarb also leads the Centre for Global Challenges, a public policy forum. He served as Clerk of the Privy Council and Secretary to the Cabinet from May 2002 until March 2006, when he was nominated as Ambassador of Canada to the Italian Republic with concurrent accreditation to the Republic of Albania and the Republic of San Marino, and as High Commissioner for Canada to the Republic of Malta. Previously, as Professor of Sociology at the University of New Brunswick from 1972 to 1981, he undertook an Executive Interchange with the Department of Justice as Head of the Unified Family Court Project from 1979 to 1981. In 1981, he joined the Public Service with the Department of the Solicitor General of Canada. Since then, he has served as Director General, Planning and Systems Group, Planning and Management Branch with the Department of the Solicitor General of Canada; Executive Director of the National Parole Board; Assistant Secretary to the Cabinet, Social Policy Development with the Privy Council Office; and Associate Secretary of the Treasury Board. While serving as Associate Secretary of the Treasury Board, he also headed the federal Task Force on the Social Union. In June 1999, Dr. Himelfarb became Deputy Minister of Canadian Heritage.