Mark Schaan

Board Member

Mark Schaan joined the Vanier Institute’s Board of Directors in October 2017.

Raised in Winnipeg and currently living in Ottawa, Mark is Director General, Marketplace Framework Policy Branch at Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada. In this role, Mark advises on issues relating to intellectual property, copyright, competition, corporate governance, privacy and insolvency, to support a high-functioning Canadian economy.

Prior to this, Mark worked at Industry Canada as Director, Pharmaceutical Sector Directorate, Manufacturing and Life Sciences Branch. In this post, he received a Deputy Minister’s Public Service Award for Management Excellence for his contributions in revitalizing the pharmaceutical sector in Canada.

From 2009 to 2011, Mark was Senior Project Leader of the Automotive and Transportation Industries Branch at Industry Canada, where he led an award-winning team that analyzed labour, pension and benefit issues during the restructuring of General Motors of Canada Limited. For this work, Mark’s team received a Public Service Award of Excellence for Exemplary Contribution under Extraordinary Circumstances.

Mark’s other work in the public sector includes his time as Senior Policy Analyst at Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC), where he assisted in analysis and policy development related to Canada’s Retirement Income System, for which his team received a Deputy Minister’s Award of Excellence.

He has also served in an advisory role to the Clerk of the Privy Council on the transformation of the Public Service in July 2014.

Mark has been awarded the Nathalie Des Rosiers Audacity of Imagination Award, the Barnett Prize in Social Policy and the University of Waterloo Young Alumni Award. Mark is actively involved in the community, including helping to launch a new initiative at the National Gallery of Canada, participation in the Ten Oaks Project (where he helped to launch Project Acorn, a community building space for youth of LGBTQ+ identities, families and communities) and continued engagement with the Loran Scholars Foundation.