Secretary to the Governor General of Canada
The Secretary to the Governor General (French: secrétaire du gouverneur général) is the administrative head of the Office of the Secretary to the Governor General of Canada (OSGG)—the government department that supports the work of the governor general—and is based at Rideau Hall in Ottawa, Ontario. The position is one of the oldest public service appointments in Canada and holds the courtesy rank of deputy minister within the Public Service of Canada.
|Secretary to the Governor General
Secrétaire du gouverneur général
|Seat||Rideau Hall, Ottawa|
|Appointer||Governor General of Canada|
|First holder||Dennis Godley|
Since Confederation, every office-holder has been appointed by order in council. The first post-Confederation incumbent, Dennis Godley, initially assumed his post in 1861 and continued on into the post-Confederation period, departing in November 1868. The most recent secretary was Assunta Di Lorenzo, who was appointed in January 2018 and resigned in January 2021.
The Secretary to the Governor General holds a number of ex officio positions, as follows. Since the establishment of the Order of Canada in 1967, the secretary has served as Secretary General of the Order of Canada. The secretary also serves as Secretary General of the Order of Military Merit and the Order of Merit of the Police Forces. Following the creation of the Canadian Heraldic Authority in 1988, the secretary became Herald Chancellor of Canada.
Secretaries to the Governor General
- 1841-1842: Thomas William Clinton Murdoch
- 1842-1844: Rawson W. Rawson
- 1842-1843: Henry Bagot (private secretary)
- 1843-1846: James Macaulay Higginson (private secretary)
- 1847-1849: Thomas Edmund Campbell
- 1851-1854: Robert Bruce
- 1854-1854: Laurence Oliphant
- 1854-1856: William Keppel, Viscount Bury
- 1856-1861: Richard T. Pennefather
- 1861-1861: Francis Retallack (acting secretary)
- 1861-1867: Dennis Godley
- 1867-1868: Dennis Godley
- 1868-1872: Francis Turville
- 1872-1875: Lt.-Col. Henry Charles Fletcher
- 1875 (March-October): Harry Moody
- 1875-1878: Edward George Percy Littleton
- 1878-1883: Francis W. de Winton
- 1883-1885: Viscount Melgund (later 4th Earl of Minto)
- 1885-1888: Henry Streatfeild
- 1888 (June-July): Josceline FitzRoy Bagot
- 1888-1892: C. R. W. Colville
- 1892-1893: J. T. St. Aubyn
- 1893-1899: Arthur John Lewis Gordon
- 1899-1926: Arthur French Sladen
- 1926-1927: Richard Osborne
- 1927–1931: Sir Eric Miéville
- 1931–1935: Sir Alan Lascelles
- 1935–1946: Sir Arthur Shuldham Redfern
- 1946–1952: Harry Letson
- 1952–1959: Lionel Massey
- 1959–1985: Esmond Unwin Butler
- 1985–1990: Léopold Henri Amyot
- 1990–2000: Judith A. LaRocque
- 2000–2006: Barbara Uteck
- 2006–2011: Sheila-Marie Cook
- 2011–2018: Stephen Wallace
- 2018–2021: Assunta Di Lorenzo
- 2021–present: Ian McCowan
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