Week 2018


Denise Gomes

Senior Director, IT Planning and Priorities, Office of the CIO, Treasury Board of Canada

November 23, 2018 | 8:30 am

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Denise Gomes has more than 25 years experience working for the federal government. She began her career as a student in the records office of the Royal Commission on National Passenger Transportation and at the Panel on Violence Against Women.

Denise has subsequently served in progressively more challenging roles in information technology at Transport Canada, Passport Canada, Industry Canada (now ISED) before coming to the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat in January 2013 as the Director, Oversight for the Human Resources Business Solutions Pilot (HRBSP).

Before taking on the role of Senior Director, IT Policy and Strategies in April 2016, she provided strategic advice to the Chief Technology Officer of the Government of Canada (GC) on the CIO Branch accountabilities for the GC’s implementation of the Workplace Wellness Productivity Strategy (WPS) announced in Budget 2013. Denise’s current responsibilities span strategic plan and cloud direction for the GC, to enterprise IT planning and investment, expenditure and application portfolio management. She was also appointed in 2016 by the President of the Treasury Board to sit as a board member on the Public Service Dental Care Plan.

Outside of work, Denise is active in the community, as well as being Head Server at Christ Church Cathedral (Anglican). In 2012, she was elected to the Christ Church Cathedral Trust Board of Directors and continues to serve in this capacity. She also volunteered time to act as a rapporteur at the 2008 and 2010 Commonwealth Ministers Forums on Public Sector Development and at the Biennial Commonwealth Association of Public Administrators and Management (CAPAM) Conferences. Her participation at these conferences allowed her to make international contacts at senior levels and to hear the thoughts and successes from Deputy Ministers/Permanent Secretaries and other public service leaders from around the Commonwealth on public service delivery.

One of those rare people born in Ottawa and still here, Denise holds a bachelor’s degree in Arts from McGill University where she majored in History (Russia and Eastern Europe) and minored in Classics. She is the proud “Auntie” to seven grandchildren, one nephew and three nieces and thrives on travelling the world.

Denise Gomes