Paul MacKinnon
Executive Vice-President, Canada Border Services Agency

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Paul MacKinnon was appointed Executive Vice-President of the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) on .

Prior to joining the CBSA, Paul was Assistant Deputy Minister Strategic and Program Policy at Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) from 2016-2019. His responsibilities included leading consultations with national and international partners and stakeholders to advance Canada's broad immigration policy. He played a key role in developing recommendations to the Government on changes to Canada's asylum system.

Paul served as Assistant Deputy Minister of Portfolio Affairs and Communications at Public Safety Canada from 2011 to 2016. In this position, he played a key role in working across the department and with Portfolio Agency partners in developing coordinated policy advice for the Minister and Deputy Minister. He also worked extensively on Canada-United States issues, including as the lead Canadian negotiator for the Agreement on Land, Rail, Marine and Air Transport Preclearance between the Government of Canada and the United States.

Previously, he was Director General of National Security Policy at Public Safety Canada where he was responsible for policy development on national security issues, including working with partners on the development of Canada's Counter Terrorism Strategy.

Paul has a Bachelor of Arts, Political Science from the University of Prince Edward Island.

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