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Cassie Doyle serves as CIRDI’s chief executive officer. She has enjoyed a distinguished public service career where she served at the executive level in all three levels of government in Canada, gained a deep understanding of natural resource and environmental governance and management, and earned a strong track record of effective partnerships with NGOs, industry, First Nations, governments and academia.
Prior to joining CIRDI, Ms. Doyle spent four years as the consul general for Northern California where she strengthened Canadian linkages to the Silicon Valley in areas such as clean technology and renewable energy.
From 2006 through 2010, Ms. Doyle served as Canada’s deputy minister of Natural Resources. In this executive leadership role and as associate deputy minister with Environment Canada, she acquired extensive experience in advancing complex policy on natural resources and the environment. At Natural Resources Canada she oversaw the strategic repositioning of the mining and minerals sector to focus on green mining and corporate social responsibility.
With the Province of British Columbia as CEO of BC Assets and Land Corporation, Ms. Doyle played a leading role in creating ecosystem management models and innovative consensus-based land-use planning. While deputy minister of Environment, Lands and Parks BC, she led major new legislation and legislative reviews related to environmental assessment, species at risk and protected wilderness areas. In the first decade of her career, she focused her work on addressing homelessness and supporting the development of non-profit housing at the City of Ottawa.
Ms. Doyle continues in an active natural resources governance role as a board director of the Alberta Energy Regulator. As a volunteer, she has contributed her leadership expertise to the boards of the United Way (San Francisco Bay Area and Ottawa), Oxfam Canada and Oxfam International. In addition, she served as a member of the board of Canadian Studies at the University of California, Berkeley and is a fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society.
Currently Ms. Doyle is chair of the Council of Canadian Academies (CCA) Expert Panel on Integrated Natural Resource Management. In July 2017, she was appointed chair of the BC Housing Management Commission by British Columbia Premier John Horgan.
Born in Vancouver, Ms. Doyle holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of Victoria (1976) and a Master of Social Work in Public Policy and Administration from Carleton University (1983).
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