Mark Schaan was appointed Director General, Marketplace Framework Policy Branch at Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada in December of 2015. In this role, Mark helps advise on issues relating to patents, trademarks, copyright, competitions and insolvency, and support a high-functioning Canadian economy. Prior to this, Mark served as Director of Operations, Business Transformation and Renewal Secretariat, Privy Council Office with special responsibilities for the Innovation Hub in July, 2014. In this capacity, Mark assisted in providing strategic advice to the Clerk of the Privy Council and the Prime Minister on the transformation of the Public Service. Mark was awarded a Deputy Minister’s Public Service Award for Management Excellence. Mark earned his BA (Honours) from the University of Waterloo in Political Science with an Honours Option in Peace and Conflict Studies in 2002, where he studied as a Loran Scholar. Mark earned his MPhil in Comparative Social Policy, conferred in 2004, and his DPhil in Social Policy, conferred in 2010 from the University of Oxford, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar. Mark is also actively involved in his community, including helping to launch a new initiative at the National Gallery of Canada, active involvement in the Ten Oaks Project, including helping to launch Project Acorn, a community building space for youth of LGBTQ+ identities, families, and communities, as well as continued involvement with the Loran Scholars Foundation.
- Company:Director General, Marketplace Framework Policy Branch, ISED