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The Deputy Minister University Champion (DMUC) Initiative was launched in 2002 by the Canada School of Public Service (CSPS) to create a strong relationship between the University Sector and the Public Service. Deputy Minister University Champions across Canada work with their University partners to

  • build relations between the Government of Canada and universities to identify shared priorities and move forward together;
  • align university research/curricula with federal public service priorities, and promote and facilitate exchanges on public policies and programs; and
  • build awareness of career opportunities in the federal public service and facilitate recruitment and branding activities.

For more information on the Deputy Minister University Champion Initiative, visit the Canada School of Public Service website.



Nancy ChawanNancy Chahwan
Deputy Commissioner, Canada Revenue Agency

Nancy Chahwan was appointed Deputy Commissioner of Revenue, Canada Revenue Agency (CRA), effective March 13, 2017.
Prior to joining CRA, Nancy was Assistant Deputy Minister of the Government and Operations Sector within the Treasury Board Secretariat (TBS). In that capacity, she supported the Treasury Board in its management board and expenditure manager roles and led the provision of independent strategic advice, analysis, guidance and oversight of programs, operations, and expenditures for the Government Operations Sector.

Before joining TBS, she held a number of key positions in Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC). Nancy was Assistant Deputy Minister of the Parliamentary Precinct Branch, where she led the rehabilitation of Canada’s Parliament Buildings, one of the most significant real property projects in government. Previously, she gained experience in strategic and operational issues management by holding positions of increasing responsibility in the Acquisitions and Real Property programs as well as corporate services sectors. In 2009, she was nominated Director General for the Quebec Region, where she maximized the Region’s contribution to the transformation agenda through innovation and partnerships. In February 2012, she was appointed Executive Director General in the Real Property Branch, working alongside the Assistant Deputy Minister to deliver a national, multi-billion dollar program, and was responsible for major initiatives such as the modernization of the workplace and the transformation of systems and processes.

Nancy has been an advocate of leadership, wellness and innovation, actively engaging with youth and managers networks across the government. As National Secretary of the Institute of Public Administration of Canada (IPAC) and Chair of its Montreal group, she contributed to the promotion of excellence in public administration. She continues to sit on boards of directors of private organizations.
Nancy holds a BA in Business Administration with a joint major in Finance and Administration from the École des Hautes Études Commerciales (Montreal).