About the Commissioner

Don Head

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Don Head was appointed Commissioner of the Correctional Service of Canada on June 27, 2008.

Mr. Head began his federal public service career as a correctional officer in 1978 in the Pacific Region. He held various operational and managerial positions between 1978 and 1995, working in 4 federal penitentiaries, the Pacific Regional Headquarters, Ontario Regional Headquarters, and National Headquarters.

In 1995, he joined the Yukon Justice Department as Superintendent of the Whitehorse Correctional Centre and then as the Director of Territorial Probation and Correctional Services. In 1998, he moved to the Saskatchewan Provincial Department of Corrections and Public Safety as Assistant Deputy Minister, responsible for their probation and correctional services.

In 2002, Mr. Head rejoined CSC as the Senior Deputy Commissioner, responsible for a number of key initiatives, including leading the CSC Transformation Team, established in spring 2008. He was also responsible for the Aboriginal Initiatives Directorate, the Incident Investigation Branch, the Information Management Services Branch, the Performance Assurance Sector, and the Management Structures and Deployment Standards initiative.

Mr. Head has received numerous commendations and awards throughout his career including the Governor General's Corrections Exemplary Service Medal and Bar, and the Public Service Award of Excellence for Diversity and Employment Equity.