Canadian prime minister Jean Chrétien has announced the appointment of Richard Fadden, currently Deputy Clerk of the Privy Council, Counsel, and Security and Intelligence Coordinator, as President of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, effective today [Monday].

Fadden joined the Public Service in 1978 and has held a variety of positions of increasing responsibility since that time, including assistant auditor general, audit operations, Office of the Auditor General of Canada; assistant deputy minister, Corporate Services, Natural Resources Canada; and assistant secretary, Government Operations Sector and Infrastructure Works, Treasury Board Secretariat.

The prime minister also announced that Ronald Bilodeau, associate secretary to the cabinet and deputy minister to the deputy prime minister, will assume additional responsibilities as cecurity and intelligence coordinator and deputy minister for the policy and operations of the Communications Security Establishment.