Kelly Gillis was appointed Deputy Minister, Infrastructure and Communities in September 2017. Prior to this appointment, Kelly served as Associate Deputy Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED). In this role, Kelly worked with the Deputy Minister in supporting three Ministers for a large department of about 5,000 staff. They led a Department playing a key role in developing Canada’s Inclusive Innovation Agenda, which helped develop an economy that promotes clean growth, high-quality jobs and increased prosperity.
Kelly has also held roles as the Senior Assistant Deputy Minister, Spectrum, Information Technologies and Telecommunications (SITT) Sector, and the Chief Financial Officer – both at Industry Canada. She was also Assistant Secretary and CFO, Corporate Services Sector, at the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat.
Kelly holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Graduate Diploma in Public Accounting from McGill University and is also a qualified chartered accountant. Kelly is originally from Montréal. She and her husband have three children.