Commissioners

Commissioner of Revenue and Chief Executive Officer of the CRA

Andrew Treusch,
Commissioner of Revenue and Chief Executive Officer of the CRA

In December 2012, Andrew Treusch was appointed Commissioner of Revenue and Chief Executive Officer of the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). The CRA administers income, sales and other taxes; ensures compliance; and distributes benefit payments to millions of Canadians on behalf of governments across Canada.

In 2014-2015, the CRA processed over $469 billion in payments; paid almost $22 billion in benefits payments; and resolved $52 billion in outstanding tax debt. The CRA has over 40,000 employees working coast to coast across Canada.

Mr. Treusch was born in Saskatoon and grew up in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He received a B.A. (Honours) and M.A. degrees from the University of Manitoba in 1976 and 1978; his principal field of study was Political Studies. He began his Ph.D. at Queen's University in 1979 when he was selected as a Canadian Parliamentary Intern, which brought him to Ottawa.

Mr. Treusch's career began with the Public Service of Canada in the early 1980s. He joined the Department of Finance in 1984, and then moved to the Privy Council Office, the Treasury Board Secretariat and the Department of Human Resources and Skills Development in positions of increasing responsibility.

In 2007, Mr. Treusch was named Executive Director to the Competition Policy Review Panel, chaired by L.R. Wilson. The Panel's mandate was to review competition and investment policies and to report to the Minister of Industry. The Panel's report, "Compete to Win" was released in June 2008.

Mr. Treusch was appointed Associate Deputy Minister of Environment Canada in June 2008 and later Associate Deputy Minister of Public Works and Government Services Canada in September 2009.

Currently, Mr. Treusch is the Federal Deputy Minister Champion for Memorial University of Newfoundland, and was formerly President of the Institute of Public Administration of Canada (IPAC) and 2014 Chair of the Government of Canada Workplace Charitable Campaign (GCWCC).

Mr. Treusch is married, has three children, and resides in Ottawa.

You can follow him on Twitter at @AndrewTreusch.


Deputy Commissioner of the CRA

John Ossowski,
Deputy Commissioner of the CRA

On June 26, 2015, Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced the appointment of Mr. John Ossowski to the position of Deputy Commissioner of the Canada Revenue Agency, effective July 6, 2015.

Prior to this appointment, Mr. Ossowski was the Associate Deputy Minister of Public Safety since 2013. He has also held senior positions in the federal Public Service, notably, he served as Assistant Secretary, International Affairs, Security and Justice Sector, Treasury Board Secretariat from 2008 to 2013, and as Deputy Chief, Corporate Services, Communications Security Establishment Canada from 2005 to 2008.

Mr. Ossowski holds a Bachelor of Arts, Economics, from the University of Victoria.

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