Sheriff Abdou

Employment and Social Development Canada

In July 2021, Sheriff joined Employment and Social Development Canada to support the implementation of Canada’s Benefit Delivery Modernization initiative. As Director General of the new Integrated Service Coordination Centre, he leads a centralized hub to leverage data and insights, in order to enhance service outcomes for Canadians while optimizing workloads and workforce across business lines and regions.

In 2018, Sheriff launched the Data, Partnerships and Innovation Hub (Data Hub) at the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) and was the first Chief Data Officer at PHAC. As part of Canada’s COVID-19 response, Sheriff served as lead for ArriveCAN, a new digital app to collect information from travelers entering the country, to enable the Agency to carry out its mandate under the Quarantine Act and several emergency orders.

Sheriff previously served as Executive Director of Strategic Policy within PHAC, where he was responsible for intergovernmental and stakeholder relations, indigenous public health policy, and cabinet and parliamentary affairs. Prior to joining PHAC, Sheriff spent the majority of his public service career as an executive within PSPC and CRA, including serving as a Chief of Staff to a deputy minister and the departmental assistant in a minister’s office. He holds a Bachelor of Education (Mathematics and English Literature) and a Master of Business Administration, and serves on the Board of Directors for APEX. You can follow him on Twitter @SheriffAbdou.