Mr. Serson, who began his career as a guidance counselor in the not-for-profit sector, first joined the federal Public Service as a counselor at Manpower Canada in 1973. During his first ten years in the Public Service, he held various positions in social policy. He also graduated from the Career Assignment Program.
From 1985 to 1987, as Assistant Secretary to the Cabinet, Office of Aboriginal Constitutional Affairs in the Federal-Provincial Relations Office, Mr. Serson was responsible for federal participation in the Aboriginal constitutional process.
In 1987, Mr. Serson moved to the Department of Finance initially as General Director, Social Policy and Federal-Provincial Relations, and later as General Director, Fiscal Policy and Economic Analysis. Returning to the Federal-Provincial Relations Office as Deputy Secretary to the Cabinet, Intergovernmental and Aboriginal Affairs in 1989, he provided strategic advice on federal-provincial relations and Aboriginal constitutional issues.
Mr. Serson became Associate Deputy Minister at Health Canada in February 1993, and in July 1994 assumed the position of Associate Deputy Minister of Human Resources Development Canada.
In September 1995 Mr. Serson was appointed Deputy Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development where he was instrumental in the successful development of the Government’s response to the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples. In May 1999, Mr. Serson received the Outstanding Achievement Award for his efforts in the field of social justice and his interest in public service leadership.
Mr. Serson was appointed President of the Public Service Commission of Canada (PSC) in July 1999 where he worked until his retirement from the Public Service. During this time he was also one of the Champions for Values and Ethics in the Public Service.
Mr. Serson retired from the Public Service in November, 2003, and worked as a Policy Advisor to the National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations until July, 2007. He is now working as a private consultant.
Mr. Serson has a BA with a major in Sociology from Carleton University. He is a member of the Auditor General’s Advisory Committee on Aboriginal Issues and the Advisory Committee of the Carleton Centre on Values and Ethics. He is also a member of the Board of the Institute on Governance and the independent Audit Committee of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.
Mr. Serson grew up in Arnprior, Ontario and currently lives in Orleans, Ontario. He and his wife Katharine have two sons.