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Indian-origin Anil Arora appointed Chief Statistician of Canada

Anil Arora

Ottawa, Sep 19 (UITV)- Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Friday announced the appointment of Anil Arora, currently Assistant Deputy Minister, Health Products and Food Branch, Health Canada, as Chief Statistician of Canada, after the resignation of Chief Statistician of Canada Wayne Smith, effective September 19.

Trudeau thanked Wayne Smith for his service to Canadians over the last 35 years.

The announcement about his appointment was made by Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development.

“Mr. Arora brings substantial management experience and knowledge related to the modernization of statistical infrastructure and has previously served as Assistant Chief Statistician.” Bains said in the statement.

Thanking Mr. Smith, he said: “We are working closely with Statistics Canada towards the reinforcement of the independence of this eminent institution which plays an essential role in providing Canadians with accurate and reliable statistical data. This is an important aspect of my mandate letter and we are working closely with Statistics to achieve this goal.”

Arora, who earned his Bachelor Of Science from the University of Alberta, was Assistant Deputy Minister, Science and Policy Integration, Natural Resources Canada, from 2013 to 2014; Assistant Deputy Minister, Minister and Metals Sector, Natural Resources Canada, from 2010 to 2013.