Week 2018


Zaina Sovani

Assistant Deputy Minister, Corporate Services Sector & Chief Information Officer, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada

November 19, 2018 | 8:30 am

Women & Diversity

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Zaina Sovani was appointed Assistant Deputy Minister of Corporate Services Sector and Chief Information Officer at Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) in December 2017.  Ms. Sovani joined IRCC from the Canada Border Services Agency where she was responsible for the Commercial Trade and Revenue Management Transformation Portfolio as Director General.  In this role she led the implementation of major Crown programs to transform how Canada conducts business with organizations involved in trade (import and export) activities.

Ms. Sovani also served as the Director General responsible for establishing the Project Management Center of Excellence and Project Management Implementation Readiness and Oversight Practice with Shared Services Canada (SSC).  Prior to joining SSC, Ms. Sovani was an executive member of the Canadian Commercial Corporation responsible for developing trade between Canada and emerging/developing countries. She worked with Canadian private sector firms and led sensitive consultations with foreign governments on complex, multimillion-dollar infrastructure initiatives in Latin & Central America and West Africa.

In addition to her professional achievements, Ms. Sovani is actively engaged in our community and has served on several for-profit and not-for-profit boards, including His Highness the Aga Khan’s Council for Canada, Hydro Ottawa, United Way of Ottawa and as a Community Member to the Board of Governors with The Ottawa Hospital.  Ms. Sovani holds a master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Ottawa.

Zaina Sovani