Yaprak Baltacioglu

Professor of Public Policy, Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy


Yaprak Baltacioglu is Professor of Public Policy. In a distinguished public service career that spans more than 25 years within the federal government, she has shaped policy, directed programs, overseen operations, led transformation and had an impact on the direction of government affairs at the highest levels of decision making.

One of Ottawa’s most seasoned deputy ministers, Yaprak has served as a trusted advisor to four Prime Ministers and numerous ministers, Cabinets and departmental officials on programs, issues, legislation and matters of policy focused on the economy, the environment, social issues and government operations.

Yaprak was the Secretary of the Treasury Board since 2012 until her retirement in 2018. A respected negotiator, she led collective bargaining for 200,000 core public service employees. Yaprak spent three years as Deputy Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities where she played a key role in administering the government’s stimulus package following the 2008 economic crisis; two years as Deputy Minister of the Department of Agriculture and Agri-Food; and almost five years at the Privy Council Office as Deputy Secretary to the Cabinet (Operations) and as Assistant Secretary to the Cabinet. Earlier in her career, Yaprak held executive level positions at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and Environment Canada, where she led international climate change negotiations.

Yaprak holds a Bachelor of Law from Istanbul University, an ICD.D Designation (Institute of Corporate Directors) from the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto, as well as a Master of Arts from the Carleton University School of Public Administration. In 2015, she received the Bissett Alumni Award for Distinctive Contributions to the Public Sector from Carleton University.

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