October 27, 2011
Les Linklater, Assistant Deputy Minister for Strategic and Program Policy, Citizen and Immigration, Canada
Les Linklater is the Assistant Deputy Minister for Strategic and Program Policy at Citizenship and Immigration Canada, where he is responsible for overseeing policy and program development related to admissibility, selection, refugees and stakeholder relations as well as corporate planning and information sharing. Some of the recent policy initiatives in which Mr. Linklater has been involved include: the launch of the Canadian Experience Class; the introduction of Ministerial Instructions to make the Federal Skilled Worker program more responsive to Canadian labour market needs; amendments to regulations to enhance protections for temporary foreign workers and to protect potential immigrants from fraudulent consultants. Prior to this, he held positions in both policy development and service delivery at Citizenship and Immigration and Human Resources Development Canada, including oversees postings as a Foreign Service Officer in Manila and Damascus.