Virginie Éthier was appointed Director General of the Patent Branch on October 9, 2018. The Branch is responsible for the patent-granting process in Canada. In addition, as an international searching authority and international preliminary examining authority, the Branch also provides clients with greater access to the international patent system by helping them to acquire patent rights worldwide.
Virginie has more than 20 years of experience in the federal public service and was appointed to the Executive Group in 2005. She served as Director General of Corporations Canada and Deputy Registrar of the Great Seal of Canada from April 2014 to September 2018. Previously, from 2013 to April 2014, Virginie was Director General of Corporate Services at Public Safety Canada. From 2007 to 2013, she was Senior Director of Strategic Policy and Procurement Renewal at Public Works and Government Services Canada, where she developed the government-wide policy framework for the procurement function. From 2005 to 2007, Virginie was Director of Management Accountability Framework (MAF) Development and Implementation at the Treasury Board Secretariat, where she conducted the government-wide review of the MAF assessment exercise and indicators.
Virginie holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the Université de Sherbrooke, as well as a master’s degree in Project Management from the Université du Québec en Outaouais.