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Zarko Poljsak
Project Leader, Sustainable Development
Department of Justice, Canada

Graduated with a B.A. degree in economics, joined Canadian Federal Public Service in 1980, worked in a number of positions in the administration of public pension programs within Health & Welfare Canada, and later in Human Resources Development Department.  Some of the work performed involved liaison with social security officials of foreign governments, supporting maintenance and enhancements to social security delivery systems, participating in and managing various projects within a major Crown project, managing a team of business planners, supporting senior management with advice and briefing materials on a variety of topics, and finally managing a number of projects, designed to improve the delivery of social security programs and services.  In 2002, moved to the Department of Justice to manage and coordinate planning and reporting to Parliament on plans and priorities and departmental performance.  In the summer of 2004, joined the departmental Sustainable development champion as Sustainable development project leader with responsibility to manage the implementation of the departmental Sustainable Development Strategy and the preparation of subsequent Strategies, which are tabled in Parliament every three years. Passionately believes in human capacity to become sustainable and particularly in Canada ’s ability to become the most sustainable nation on the planet, demonstrating to the world the strength of safe, productive, well-educated and balanced communities and the community and citizens’ will to support all pillars of sustainable development. One of the main challenges/ambitions:  identifying and pursuing the role the Department of Justice has in achieving sustainable development objectives in the government of Canada

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