Alex Himelfarb

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The Hon.
Alex Himelfarb
Clerk of the Privy Council and Secretary to the Cabinet
In office
2002–2009
Preceded by Mel Cappe
Succeeded by Kevin Lynch
Personal details
Born (1947-07-03) July 3, 1947 (age 66)
Germany
Alma mater University of Toronto

Alexander "Alex" Himelfarb (born July 3, 1947)[1] is a senior Canadian civil servant and academic.

Born in Germany, he was raised and educated in Toronto. He received a Ph.D in sociology from University of Toronto. In 1981, he married Frum Himelfarb (Weiner), and they have three children.

He was a professor of sociology at the University of New Brunswick from 1972 to 1981. He authored two introductory textbooks on sociology with co-author C. James Richardson that were used extensively in Canadian universities in the late 1970s and early 1980s. These were:

  1. People, Power and Process
  2. Sociology for Canadians (2 editions, and a reader)

He started with the Canadian public service in 1981 joining the Department of the Solicitor General of Canada. In 1999, he became Deputy Minister of Canadian Heritage. In 2002 he was appointed to the dual role of Clerk of the Privy Council (Canada) and Secretary to the Cabinet. On June 14, 2006, an Order in Council was issued appointing him Ambassador to Italy, with concurrent accreditation to the Republic of Albania and the Republic of San Marino, and as High Commissioner in the Republic of Malta, and as Permanent Representative to the Food and Agriculture Organization, the World Food Programme and to the International Fund for Agricultural Development, in Rome.

In 2000, he was awarded The Outstanding Achievement Award, considered to be the most prestigious award in the Canadian public service. In 2006, he was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree by Memorial University in Newfoundland.

In September 2009, Himelfarb was appointed as Director of the Glendon School of Public and International Affairs, at York University.

He is the Chair of the Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness with Tim Richter as Vice-Chair and Stephen Gaetz is secretary. The York-University based Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness based on the highly successful American model originated in 2000, also focusses on 10-year Plans to End Homelessness and Housing First approaches.[2]

Citations[edit]

  1. ^ "Canadian Who's Who Search". Grey House Publishing Canada. 
  2. ^ "About CAEH". Toronto, Ontario. 2014. Retrieved 11 February 2014. 

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Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Jeremy Kinsman
Canadian Ambassador to Albania
2006-2009
Succeeded by
James Fox
Preceded by
Robert Fowler
Canadian Ambassador to Italy
2006-2009
Succeeded by
James Fox
Preceded by
Jeremy Kinsman
Canadian High Commissioner to Malta
2006-2009
Succeeded by
James Fox