International Metropolis Conference Plenary speakers

June 24 to 28, 2019

The Promise of Migration

Inclusion, Economic Growth and Global Cooperation

Zaina Sovani

Assistant Deputy Minister of Transformation and Chief Information Officer, IRCC


Zaina Sovani currently holds the position of Assistant Deputy Minister of Transformation, Digital Solutions Sector and Chief Information Officer at Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) where she is responsible for leading the department through a major transformational change program focused on improving client experience and service delivery enabled by agile techniques and digital technology.

Ms. Sovani joined IRCC in 2017 from the Canada Border Services Agency where she was responsible for the Commercial Trade and Revenue Management Transformation Portfolio as Director General.

Over the past 20 years, Ms. Sovani has held many other executive roles both in the public service and private sector, gaining the reputation of a builder and transformational leader.