Speaker Profiles

Scott Streiner

Scott Streiner

Chair and CEO

Canadian Transportation Agency

Scott Streiner assumed leadership of the Canadian Transportation Agency on July 20, 2015. Since that time, he has taken a series of steps to enhance the Agency’s ability to respond to the needs of a rapidly evolving national transportation system, that system’s customers, and the communities in which the system operates. Scott realigned the Agency’s organizational structure to maximize efficiencies and reinforce capacity in key areas, including analysis, alternative dispute resolution, and compliance monitoring. Top-notch talent has been recruited to serve on the Agency’s executive team, and implementation of an action plan to foster a healthy, respectful, high-performing workplace is under way. Scott has reached out to and met key stakeholders, ministers, senior government officials, and transportation experts. He has laid the groundwork for a broad review of the suite of regulations administered by the Agency. And he has introduced innovative approaches to delivering the Agency’s regulatory and adjudication mandates.

Before his appointment to the Canadian Transportation Agency, Scott had a 25-year career in the federal public service, serving most recently as Assistant Secretary to the Cabinet, Economic and Regional Development Policy and as Assistant Deputy Minister, Policy with Transport Canada. In the former, he played a key role in preparing advice to the Prime Minister and Cabinet on economic, environmental, and trade matters, including in the fields of transportation and infrastructure. In the latter, he led the development of policy options and recommendations on issues touching all modes of transportation, and managed the department’s international, intergovernmental, and data-analysis functions.

Prior to these positions, Scott occupied increasingly senior posts in a number of federal departments and agencies, including: Executive Director of the Aerospace Review; Assistant Deputy Minister with the Labour Program; Vice President, Program Delivery with the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency; Director General, Human Resources with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans; Director of Operations for the Reference Group of Ministers on Aboriginal Policy; Machinery of Government officer at the Privy Council Office; and Director of Pay Equity with the Canadian Human Rights Commission.

Scott has led Canadian delegations abroad, including to India, China, and the International Labour Organization, and served as the Government Member with NAV Canada, Chair of the Council of Governors of the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety, and a Director on the Board of the Soloway Jewish Community Centre.

Scott received a bachelor’s degree in East Asian Studies from the Hebrew University, a master’s degree in International Relations from the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, and a PhD in Political Science from Carleton University. He is an Adjunct Professor, and spent a year as a Public Servant-in-Residence, with Carleton’s Department of Political Science. Scott has taught and written on human rights in theory and in practice, Middle Eastern government and politics, strategies to narrow socio-economic gaps under conditions of globalization, and the evolution of governance and policy-making in the era of 24/7 news and social media.

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