CIRNAC Co-Chair

Assistant Deputy Minister, Lands and Economic Development, HQ Ottawa

Kelley Blanchette was appointed as Assistant Deputy Minister, Lands and Economic Development at Indigenous Services Canada on September 2019.

From January 2017 until September 2019, she was the Deputy Commissioner for Women, responsible for all policy and program development for women offenders, and the functional lead for regional operations at sites serving women.

She has held a number of executive positions at Correctional Service Canada, including Senior Director, Correctional Research; Director General, Women Offender Sector; and Director General, Mental Health Branch.

She has focused her career on working with marginalized and under-serviced populations.  Her experience includes front-line work at women’s shelters, providing emergency housing to homeless families, working as a supervisor at the Ottawa Detoxification Centre, and working in the psychology department at Ottawa Carleton Detention Centre

Kelley completed her Doctorate in forensic psychology in 2005. She has published research extensively in peer-reviewed and government journals

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