Nathalie Auger was appointed Director of Examination, Trademarks and Industrial Designs Branch (TIDB) on July 12, 2021. Before joining CIPO, Nathalie was on temporary assignment during the pandemic as Director of ISED’s Corporate Mental Health and Employee Assistance Program. In 2016, Nathalie was appointed as the Director of ISED’s Conflict Prevention and Early Resolution (CPER) Directorate. She joined Canada’s Foreign Service in 1998 and served at the Canadian Embassy in Madrid, Spain, where she managed the Political, Education and Cultural Relations Program. Back in Ottawa, she served at the Department of Foreign affairs and International trade as a Trade Policy Officer and Legal Advisor. She developed a passion for interest-based negotiation, which she acquired as a member of the Canadian negotiating team to the United Nations, the Food Aid Convention and the World Trade Organization (WTO). She worked as Mediator for the Department of National Defence (DND) at Canadian Forces Base Petawawa during Canada’s mission in Afghanistan, for the Public Service Staffing Tribunal, and subsequently for the Public Service Labour Relations and Employment Board (PSLREB). She was seconded to Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada to manage the coordination and integration of the new Ombudsman’s Services into their Conflict Resolution Office.
Nathalie earned a law degree from Laval University, as well as a Master’s Degree in International Relations, and is a Member and Certified Mediator of the Quebec Bar Association.