Catherine Luelo Appointed as Chief Information Officer of the Government of Canada
July 9, 2021
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau today announced the appointment of Catherine Luelo as Chief Information Officer of the Government of Canada, effective July 26, 2021. She previously served as Chief Information Officer at Air Canada and at Enbridge Inc.
Biography (via the Center for Addiction and Mental Health Foundation):
Catherine Luelo is a passionate and seasoned executive who thrives on driving organizational transformation through the intersection of technology and business. She is skilled at outlining strategy, constructing an aggressive plan to deliver on a mandate and doing that through building strong teams.
Her latest four-year mandate was as the Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Air Canada where she was responsible for the Information Technology systems that support and enable Air Canada’s global business. In this role, Catherine developed and delivered on a strategic technology direction for the airline which included driving substantial investment including the implementation of complex, multi-stakeholder initiatives, new core airline systems and the technology to support Air Canada’s new loyalty program. She additionally led innovation in the Artificial Intelligence space all while ensuring the security and reliability of Air Canada’s worldwide systems which substantially shifted during the global pandemic.
Prior to joining Air Canada, Catherine held executive roles at Enbridge Inc., including Chief Information Officer and, prior to that, Vice President, Information Technology. She previously served in several key senior management roles at major Canadian companies, including Vice President, Distribution, at WestJet Airlines Ltd., and Director of Sales at TELUS Communications.
Catherine holds an MBA from Athabasca University in Alberta and a BSc from the University of Alberta. In 2018, she was appointed to the Board of Directors of scale ai, the Montreal-based Artificial Intelligence (AI) supercluster, that aspires to increase competitive advantage for Canada globally in the emerging AI space. She has also served on the CIO Advisory Board for IBM and Amadeus and has served as a Board Member for Creative Destruction Labs, Rapid Screening Consortium that was established to lead the Canada for COVID workplace screening and further served as Chair for the Health Canada, Industry Advisory Roundtable on COVID-19 Testing, Screening, Tracing and Data Management.
Catherine is a proud mother of two children and is a fierce advocate for mental health. In March 2020, she was appointed to the Board of Directors for the Center for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) Foundation and participates regularly as a panelist and speaker on Mental Health in the workplace.