Canada Post names new president, CEO

Doug Ettinger, who has served as Canada Post’s chief commercial officer for the past two and a half years, was recently appointed to a four-year term as president and chief executive officer of the Crown corporation.

The announcement was made at the beginning this month by Minister of Public Services and Procurement and Accessibility Carla Qualtrough, who’s also responsible for Canada Post.

“The appointment fulfills a commitment to strengthening the leadership of the Corporation,” reads Qualtrough’s statement, which adds the appointment was effective March 4. “Renewed leadership is a key component of our Government’s new vision for Canada Post: providing Canadians with high-quality, accessible and affordable service, no matter where they live.”

Ettinger is expected to play “a central role in working with Canada Post’s board and leading its executive team in building a solid foundation for the Corporation’s future success and prioritizing services to Canadians,” Qualtrough added.

“He will also work toward building more constructive and collaborative relationships with employees, labour, communities and other stakeholders.”


A Nova Scotia native, Ettinger has more than 30 years of experience in the consumer packaged goods industry with Canadian and global organizations, for which he led sales, marketing and product management.

Most recently, he served as Canada Post’s chief commercial officer, a role in which he “led the Corporation’s growing parcel business, and the full range of commercial functions, including sales, marketing, retail, digital, business development and customer service,” Qualtrough said.

“The combined knowledge and expertise of the renewed leadership team will help build Canada Post into an innovative, service-first organization that will continue to be financially sustainable and serve Canadians for decades to come.”


Ettinger’s appointment and the recent appointments to Canada Post’s board of directors were made under the federal Liberal government’s “new approach to Governor in Council appointments,” Qualtrough said.

“This approach supports open, transparent and merit-based selection processes that strive for gender parity and reflect Canada’s diversity, to support Ministers in making appointment recommendations for positions within their portfolio by providing them with information and referrals.”

Qualtrough also thanked Jessica McDonald, chair of the Crown corporation’s board of directors, who has been acting as Canada Post’s interim president and CEO since April 2018, when Deepak Chopra resigned.

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