New Master of the Royal Canadian Mint Appointed

Canada has a new Mint Master: Marie Lemay. Photo: Jared Grove / CC BY-SA 3.0
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The Government of Canada is committed to appointing highly qualified candidates able to best serve the interests of Canadians. In keeping with this commitment, Finance Minister Bill Morneau has announced the appointment of Marie Lemay as Master of the Royal Canadian Mint for a period of five years.

Minister of Finance Bill Morneau said: “I wish to congratulate Ms. Lemay on her appointment as Master of the Royal Canadian Mint. Her background in public policy and substantial experience in providing strategic advice and making decisions on complex and sensitive issues make her an ideal fit for this important role. I am certain that the Mint will benefit from the breadth of her expertise, and I wish her great success in her new position.”

As the Chief Executive Officer of the Corporation, the Master of the Mint reports to the Board of Directors and is responsible for providing leadership and direction in all aspects of the Corporation’s activities, business performance, and strategic development. The Board of Directors is accountable to Parliament through the Minister of Finance.

The new Master of the Mint: Marie Lemay

Marie Lemay has an extensive background in public policy and has served in senior government leadership positions for the past 20 years.

Since 2016, she has served as Deputy Minister and Deputy Receiver General for Canada at Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC), managing 12,000 employees and a $6 billion budget. PSPC oversees one of the largest and most diverse portfolios of real estate in the country and is the Government of Canada’s real property expert. As Deputy Minister, Ms. Lemay has provided Ministers with expert advice and support, and undertaken the day-to-day management of the Department.

Prior to this position, Ms. Lemay served as Deputy Minister and President of the Canada Economic Development Agency for Quebec Regions (CED). CED promotes the long-term economic development of the regions of Quebec by giving special attention to those areas where slow economic growth is prevalent or where opportunities for productive employment are inadequate.

In 2012, she was Associate Deputy Minister at Infrastructure Canada, the main department responsible for federal efforts to enhance Canada’s public infrastructure.

From January 2008 to 2012, Ms. Lemay was the CEO of the National Capital Commission, where she led a change in culture to one of openness and transparency, including by leading through the transition to the first public Board meetings.

Ms. Lemay is a member of the Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec and of Professional Engineers Ontario, as well as a Fellow of Engineers Canada. She is a member of the Canadian Academy of Engineering, and has served on several boards.

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More information is available on the Royal Canadian Mint website.

A comprehensive list of all current board members of the Royal Canadian Mint is available online.

In May 2018, Sandra Hanington announced that she would end her five-year-contract early after having been appointed Master of the RCM in February of 2015. Shortly after, the infamous legal battle regarding a fast color-printing method between the Royal Canadian Mint and the Royal Australian Mint was settled.