Prime Minister Stephen Harper today announced the following changes in the senior ranks of the Public Service. These appointments are effective October 1, 2007:

Ward Elcock, currently Deputy Minister of National Defence, becomes Senior Advisor to the Privy Council Office, pending his next assignment.

Robert Fonberg, currently Senior Associate Secretary of the Treasury Board, becomes Deputy Minister of National Defence.

John Knubley, currently Associate Deputy Minister of Natural Resources, becomes Associate Deputy Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities.

Diane Vincent, currently Executive Vice-President of the Canadian International Development Agency, becomes Vice-Chairperson of the Canadian International Trade Tribunal.

John McBride , currently President of the Canadian Commercial Corporation, becomes Executive Vice-President of the Canadian International Development Agency.

Myles Kirvan, currently Assistant Deputy Minister, Business and Regulatory Law, Justice Canada, becomes Associate Deputy Minister of Public Safety.

Stephen Richardson, currently Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Tax Foundation, becomes Associate Deputy Minister of Finance.