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Jennifer Oliver, Governor - Eastern Canada Region

About Jennifer

Throughout my career in the Ontario Public Service, (33 years) including 7 years as an executive in leadership positions, I have garnered a solid foundation in leading, the planning, development and implementation of complex public policies, programs and operational and strategic services. Through strategic leadership and the demonstration of a strong understanding of government decision making processes, as evidenced through Correctional Services and Ontario Ministry of Agriculture Food and Rural Affairs, I have experience promoting excellence, delivering results and managing risks based on a foundation of collaboration, inclusion, mentoring, including training and professional development and customer service that have advanced the Correctional Services mandate and priorities in challenging environments. I have built collaborative relationships with credibility across divisions, ministries and with stakeholders including inter jurisdictional working groups and collaborations. 

Director, Strategic Operational Initiatives,                                                 

Director, Program and Operational Policy Statistics and Evaluation Branch

Director, Ontario Correctional Services College                                             

Acting Assistant Deputy Minister

Acting as Assistant Deputy Minister (ADM) of Operational Support through the transition of Assistant Deputy Ministers as well as acting in the ADMs absence has enhanced my political acuity and provided me senior executive experience. I have managed and directed the human resources, finance and administrative functions of work units as both a Director and an Acting Assistant Deputy Minister.


  • Justice Analytics and Innovation Hub The purpose of the Task Force was to bring together senior leaders from MAG, MCSCS and MCYS to develop an evidence informed strategy for transformation in the criminal justice sector, including opportunities for collaboration, a review of systemic challenges relating to the bail and remand system and strategies to relieve capacity pressures in the adult corrections system.

  • Violence Against Indigenous Women/ walking together- The launch of Walking Together (the Long-Term Strategy) represented a culmination of the work of the Joint Working Group on Violence Against Indigenous Women (JWG).

  • Premiers Gender Based Violence Initiative - a response to domestic violence in Ontario and the continuation of work on government commitments (e.g., SVHAP, EVAIW, Human Trafficking). A broader gender-based violence strategy increasing inclusiveness and providing greater coordination across initiatives.

Homelessness initiative under the Ontario poverty strategy

Governor Elect-Eastern Canada Region- 2018-2020;

  • Fundraising Chair

  • perform such duties of the Governor as may be necessary, when the Governor is unable to do so herself,

  • serve as the next Governor.

  • attend Governors’ Round Table in non-convention years as subsidized by SIA.

  • Responsible for promoting the program objectives of the SIA strategic plan and work with the federation directly on program issues including education and leadership.

Director Programs-2016-2018 Responsible for promoting the program objectives of the SIA strategic plan and work with the federation directly on program issues including education and leadership. Implementing the Dream It Be It program across Eastern Canada Region

Director - Programs and Services- 2014-2016- Ensuring the Womens Opportunity Award delivered within the Region and reported as required.

Club: Member since 1987; Soroptimist of the Year 2004-2005

Education: Bachelor of Arts Degree (Psychology/Sociology) in the field of Criminology / Neuropsychology; Diploma in Public Leadership from the Rotman School of Management Executive Programs - University of Toronto.

Awards and Honours:

Awarded the Exemplary Service Award and subsequent 30 year bar, presented to employees with over 20 years experience including 10 years of front line.

Ovation Award in 2016 - the development of the first Trans policy implemented within Ontario Correctional Services institutions.

Interests, Hobbies and Leisure Activities:
Operating a farm, beef, crop and horses. I also play baseball and enjoy summers at the family cottage in Sauble Beach, Ontario.


Governor Jennifer Oliver

Eastern Canada Region