Deputy Minister University Champion

The Deputy Minister University Champion Initiative strengthens links between the Government of Canada and Canadian universities. The strategy is designed to support robust and relevant public administration education and research so that the federal public service has access to leading ideas and theories, a new generation of public administration scholars, and new employees who are well-educated in modern public management.

Appointed by the Clerk of the Privy Council of Canada, UPEI's Deputy Minister University Champion is Paul Ledwell.

Paul LedwellPaul Ledwell is Deputy Minister, Veterans Affairs Canada. Prior to being appointed on May 25, 2021, he served as Clerk of Executive Council and Secretary to Cabinet in the Government of Prince Edward Island since June 2016 in addition to serving, from June 2015, as Deputy Minister, Policy and Priorities, leading policy development across government and with portfolio responsibilities for Intergovernmental and Public Affairs, Indigenous Relations and Acadian and Francophone Affairs.

He brings extensive experience in government affairs, public policy and research, and organizational strategy, including extensive work with partners in government, private and voluntary sectors, and the media.

Read his full biography on the Veterans Affairs Canada website.