Deputy Chief Financial Officer, Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada
Renetta Siemens joined Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) in August 2015 as the Deputy Chief Financial Officer. Leading a branch of approximately 300 employees, she had overall responsibility for corporate accounting, procurement and assets management, financial systems, the strategic oversight of transfer payment policy, and programs associated with a departmental budget of $12 B. In August 2017, the Prime Minister announced plans for the dissolution of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) and the creation of two new departments: Indigenous Services Canada (ISC) and Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada (CIRNAC). Since this announcement, Renetta has played a leadership role on managing the financial transition process for both departments.
Effective November 30, 2018, Renetta will be CIRNAC’s Deputy Chief Financial Officer. In her new role, she will be responsible for a broad array of financial management matters including budget preparation, Memorandums to Cabinet/TB submissions and financial reporting.
Prior to joining INAC, Renetta worked at the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada in 2003 where she held various positions of increasing responsibility, including the Director General of Afghanistan, Director General of Economic Policy responsible for G8, G20 and APEC Summits, and the Director General of Real Property responsible for the department’s international embassy network. Prior to joining the Department of Foreign Affairs, Renetta worked at the Privy Council Office on economic and trade issues, as well as in other economic departments including Environment Canada and Transport Canada.
Renetta obtained a Masters of Business Administration from Ivey Business School, University of Western Ontario. She was awarded a U.K. Chevening Fellowship to study the Economics of Climate Change at the University of Cambridge, and is a Chartered Professional Accountant in good standing.