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New CFIA chiefs named

Retirements and career moves have led to new appointments on the way up two farm- and food-related chains of command in the senior federal public service, including a new president for the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.

George Da Pont, currently the CFIA’s executive vice-president, was named to the president’s post Thursday in an announcement from Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

The CFIA’s president is responsible for delivering the agency’s mandate of safeguarding Canada’s food supply and the plants and livestock on which those foods rely.

Effective July 11, Da Pont replaces the retiring Carole Swan, who had served in a junior deputy minister’s role with Industry Canada before being named to the CFIA post in 2007.

Before joining CFIA as executive vice-president in 2010, Da Pont worked as commissioner, and as acting commissioner, for the Canadian Coast Guard since 2005, and in a number of federal departments starting with Indian and Northern Affairs Canada in 1987.

Replacing Da Pont as CFIA’s executive vice-president will be Mary Komarynsky, currently an assistant deputy minister with Transport Canada.

Komarynsky’s career in the federal civil service has included stints as an assistant deputy minister with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s farm financial programs branch (2004-05) and as AAFC’s director general of adaptation and financial guarantee programs (2001-04).

Ag ADM named

Harper on Thursday also announced the appointment of Claude Carriere as associate deputy minister of agriculture and agri-food, replacing Andrea Lyon, also effective July 11.

Both civil servants’ career backgrounds have involved foreign policy, as Carriere comes to AAFC having worked since 2008 as foreign and defence policy advisor to the prime minister and as deputy secretary to Cabinet in the Privy Council Office.

His resume before that post includes stints with the Canadian embassy in Washington, D.C. as deputy head of mission (2004-08) and as a counsellor on trade policy (1990-94).

Lyon, who now moves laterally to become associate deputy minister of the environment, had previously served as chief trade negotiator for North America at the federal department of foreign affairs and international trade (2006-08) and as assistant deputy minister for strategic and program policy at Citizenship and Immigration Canada.

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