She has served as associate deputy minister of the department of justice since September 2021
The Government of Canada has announced the appointment of Shalene Curtis-Micallef as the new deputy minister of justice and deputy attorney general of Canada.
Curtis-Micallef has served as associate deputy minister of the department of justice since September 1, 2021. She started her career with the department of justice in the tax law services portfolio as a tax litigation counsel. In 2008, she was appointed as deputy executive director and senior counsel.
Over the course of her career, she has held various senior positions at the department of justice, including the roles of assistant deputy minister of tax law services, deputy assistant deputy minister for the policy sector and executive director and senior general counsel of health legal services and agriculture and food inspection legal services.
The federal government stated that Curtis-Micallef contributed to the advancement of significant legislative reforms, including in the areas of cannabis legalization and regulation, tobacco control, food safety modernization and public health. Her practice at the department of justice encompasses regulatory law and international law. Curtis-Micallef’s appointment as the new deputy minister of justice and deputy attorney general of Canada is effective February 13.
Curtis-Micallef earned a bachelor’s in business administration from the University of Ottawa. She completed her legal studies and earned a law degree from Osgoode Hall Law School at York University. Curtis-Micallef was admitted to the Ontario bar. She is also a member of the Law Society of Ontario.
The Department of Justice has the mandate to support the dual roles of the Minister of Justice and the Attorney General of Canada. The DOJ also works to ensure the federal government is supported by high-quality legal services, and the justice system is fair, relevant, accessible, and reflective of Canadian values.