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Born in Sainte-Foy, Quebec in 1957, Daniel J. Caron holds a Bachelor's and a Master's degree in Economics from the Université Laval, and went on to obtain a doctorate in Applied Human Sciences from the Université de Montréal. Dr. Caron is married and has two children.
In 1982, Dr. Caron entered the federal public service and served in various positions in Ottawa: Competition Bureau Canada, National Museums of Canada Corporation, Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development, and in Fredericton with Employment and Immigration Canada before being promoted to the executive ranks in 1996. From 1996 to 1999 he served as Director of Quality and Evaluation, and then as the Chief Information Officer and Director General of Quality, Evaluation, Information and Technologies Management Branch with the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Quebec Region.
Dr. Caron held the position of Director General, Administrative Services at Human Resources Development Canada where he served until 2002, followed by a year as the Executive Director of Leadership Operations and Implementation at The Leadership Network within the Treasury Board Secretariat.
In 2003, Dr. Caron joined the National Archives as the Director General of the Corporate Management Branch and then transitioned to the newly created Library and Archives Canada. He was appointed Assistant Deputy Minister responsible for Corporate Management and Government Records Sector in 2006. In 2008, he became Senior Assistant Deputy Minister responsible for the Corporate Management and Horizontal Integration Sector. He was appointed the Librarian and Archivist of Canada on April 24, 2009.
In addition to his organizational experience, he is a seasoned author and speaker on public administration issues, both in Canada and abroad. Dr. Caron has also taught in several Canadian universities and at the École nationale d'administration publique where he is an associate professor.