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Christopher Deeble
Christopher Deeble

Communications Expert

“The difference between mere management and leadership is communication.”
– Winston Churchill

A former Parliamentary speechwriter and senior public servant of the Government of Canada, Chris has expert knowledge of research, writing, and all aspects of communications.

  • Editor-in-Chief with budgets exceeding $1 M
  • Parliamentary Speechwriter for high-profile federal portfolios
  • Writing, Editing, Translation expert in applying communications policies and Official Languages Act
  • Secret-cleared Privy Council Officer dealing with Cabinet Confidences
  • Experienced in machinery of government and Parliamentary processes
  • Plain Language expert ensuring fairness and accessibility

National Library and Archives, Prime Minister’s Office, Parliament, Privy Council Office, Rideau Hall: the unique, bilingual Canadian “crèche” where Chris learned and progressively refined his communications craft

COMMUNICATIONS CAREER: A SNAPSHOT

Chris was a speechwriter for Deputy Prime Minister the Right Honourable Herb Gray.

As an expert advisor on Canada’s official languages, Chris was the English and French Editor-in-Chief for the Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson, 26th Governor General of Canada.

As a Parliamentary Speechwriter, Chris worked with the Honourable Elinor Caplan, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration.

Following September 11, 2001, Chris was recognized by the Mario Laiguë (then Director of Communications, Privy Council Office) for working around the clock to provide Parliamentarians with speeches needed to address the national security response of the Government of Canada.

Prior to that, Chris was the Bilingual Editor-in-Chief at Natural Resources Canada.

In 2006, he was on the team of primary researchers for the publication, On the Data Trail, a review of the federal statute, Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act.

On completing law school, Chris became a Privy Council Officer in the Legal Services Branch of the Privy Council of Canada where he managed access to information requests covering Confidences of the Queen’s Privy Council of Canada consisting of

  • memoranda to Cabinet
  • discussion papers
  • agenda and records of Cabinet deliberations/decisions
  • records of communications between ministers
  • records to brief ministers, and
  • draft legislation
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