Scott Serson
Associate, Ottawa

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Mr. Serson began his career as a guidance counselor in the not-for-profit sector and joined the federal Public Service in 1973. During his first ten years in the Public Service, he held various positions focused on social policy and northern and Indigenous issues.

From 1985 to 1987, as Assistant Secretary to the Cabinet, Office of Aboriginal Constitutional Affairs, Mr. Serson was responsible for federal participation in the Aboriginal constitutional process. In 1987 he moved to the Department of Finance, initially as General Director, Social Policy and Federal-Provincial Relations, and later as General Director, Fiscal Policy and Economic Analysis.

Returning to the Federal-Provincial Relations Office as Deputy Secretary to the Cabinet, Intergovernmental and Aboriginal Affairs in 1989, he provided strategic advice on federal-provincial relations and Aboriginal constitutional issues. He also co-chaired the Working Group on Indigenous Peoples Rights in the process that led to the Charlottetown Constitutional Accord.

Mr. Serson became Associate Deputy Minister at Health Canada in February 1993, and in July 1994 assumed the position of Associate Deputy Minister, Human Resources Development Canada, where he played a leadership role in finalizing new Employment Insurance legislation.

In September 1995, he was appointed Deputy Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development. In that role he was instrumental in the development of the Government’s response to the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples. He also provided public service leadership in the final stage of the creation of Nunavut. In May 1999, Scott received the Public Service Outstanding Achievement Award for his efforts in the field of social justice and his commitment to public service leadership.

Mr. Serson was appointed President of the Public Service Commission of Canada (PSC) in July 1999. He led the Commission through a period of human resource modernization. During this time, he was also one of two Champions for Values and Ethics in the Public Service.

After retiring from the public service in 2003, he served as a policy advisor to the National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations Phil Fontaine for five years. During that time he helped conceptualize and negotiate the Kelowna Accord.

Mr. Serson also served for nine years on the Board of the Institute on Governance, including two years as Chair. He continues to volunteer for that organization in the area of Indigenous Governance.

Mr. Serson is a member of the Board of Canadians for a New Partnership.


Ajay Chopra

Ajay Chopra
Principal

Prior to forming his own consulting firm, Ajay Chopra worked as an advisor to a federal cabinet minister and for one of Canada’s leading government relations firms. He brings over 15 years of government and public relations experience working with various levels of government, First Nations and Aboriginal communities as well as the media to Chopra Consulting Group (CCG).

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Rob Kang

Rob Kang
Vice-President

Rob Kang has a strong background in business development and real estate, and as a successful business owner. Rob worked in Ottawa for the Minister of Industry and then worked for Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Canadian Heritage before joining the Minister of Infrastructure’s Office in the role of Special Assistant for the West and North.

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Scott Serson

Scott Serson
Associate, Ottawa

Scott Serson joins CCG following a distinguished career in the public service spanning three decades. Scott received the Public Service Outstanding Achievement Award for his efforts in the field of social justice and his commitment to public service leadership.

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Jonathan GoldBloom

Jonathan GoldBloom
Associate, Quebec

Jonathan has worked in communications and public relations for over 30 years. His primary focus has always been on issue and crisis management, providing strategic advice and support to community institutions, from universities to hospitals and schools, as well as many private sector clients.

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John Watson

John Watson
Associate, British Columbia

John Watson has extensive experience as a senior executive in the federal public service gained over thirty years with a particular expertise in aboriginal issues, federal provincial engagement and innovative policy approaches.

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Ayush Katyal

Ayush Katyal
Associate Consultant, Manitoba

Ayush Katyal is a graduate of International Business from Red River College, Winnipeg MB (2013).

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Niels Krist

Niels Krist
Research, Marketing and Policy Analyst

Niels Krist is a student at the University of Leiden in The Hague, Netherlands, majoring in International Studies.

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