Mr. Wallace grew up in Halifax and Ottawa, studied the arts and business administration, and has focused much of his career on international affairs and public administration. His early work as a teacher, volunteer, diplomat and aid worker concentrated mainly on Africa and Latin America. Mr. Wallace spent many years with the Canadian International Development Agency, serving in turn as vice-president of the Policy Branch and Afghanistan Task Force.
His public policy assignments included the Special Joint Committee of Parliament Reviewing Canadian Foreign Policy, as well as work on civil society with the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development. As a senior public servant, Mr. Wallace also served as assistant secretary of the Treasury Board Secretariat and associate deputy minister for the Department of Canadian Heritage.
Stephen Wallace was Secretary to the Governor General and Secretary General of the Order of Canada from 2011 to 2017. He is currently a Distinguished Fellow of the Canadian International Council, Senior Fellow of Massey College, and a board member of several corporations and non-government institutions.
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