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January 18, 2011

OTTAWA — Wayne R. Smith is officially appointed the Chief Statistician of Canada.

Born in Chilliwack, British Columbia, Wayne R. Smith completed an Honours B.A. and Masters degree in Economics at Carleton University in Ottawa.  His early career was in the library, academic and news media sectors.  In 1981, he joined Statistics Canada, working in the advisory services, communications, census and agriculture programs before becoming Director of Communications Division in 1990.  After assignments as Director of Special Surveys Division and Director General of Regional Operations Branch, Mr. Smith was appointed in 2004 as Assistant Chief Statistician, Communications and Operations.  In April 2009, he became Assistant Chief Statistician of Business and Trade Statistics Field.  In this role, his principal responsibilities involved the conduct of Statistics Canada surveys and administrative data programs in the areas of agriculture, business, international trade and prices.

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