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Stephen Burt

Chief Data Officer


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Highly effective leader with a proven track record, including in times of crisis. Extensive experience in policy, operations, and international security - building credibility with partners in other organizations and internationally - garnered over 25 years of public service, including 16 years as an executive. 

Mr. Stephen Burt is the newly appointed Chief Data Officer for the Government of Canada, with the Treasury Board Secretariat. His mandate is to provide Government of Canada-wide leadership for the management of information and data. 

Prior to this appointment, Mr. Burt was the functional authority for data governance and analytics capability within the Department of National Defence and for the Canadian Armed Forces (DND/CAF). He drove the analytics adoption and maturity throughout DND/CAF, and led the department-wide initiative to establish analytics and data governance. 

Mr. Burt began his career in the Government of Canada in 1997 with Revenue Canada. In 1999, he joined DND, where he worked in a variety of policy, operational and defence intelligence roles, including two years as Executive Assistant to the Deputy Minister. 

Mr. Burt moved to the Privy Council Office (PCO) in 2007 to work in the Security and Intelligence Secretariat as Senior Advisor on National Security. In that role, he was secretary for the committees of the National Security Advisor to the Prime Minister. In 2009, he joined the Intelligence Assessment Secretariat (IAS) at PCO, and held positions as Director for Afghanistan and, later, for Asia. Mr. Burt was appointed Director of Operations for the IAS in January 2012, and took on the position of Assistant Secretary on an acting basis in March 2014. 

In April 2015, Mr. Burt assumed the role of Assistant Chief of Defence Intelligence at Canadian Forces Intelligence Command, where he led the federated production of intelligence within DND/CAF, and oversaw defence intelligence policy. 

Mr. Burt has an undergraduate degree in history from the University of Ottawa, as well as a Master’s in Public Administration from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. You can join him on Twitter & Linkedln.