Julian J. OvensInternational Corporate Development Leader, Natural Resources Executive, Senior Government/Political Advisor


    Canadian Commercial Corporation


    Julian Ovens is Vice President (formerly Senior Advisor) at Crestview Strategy, a government relations and public affairs agency, and a Director of the Canadian Commercial Corporation (CCC), which assists Canadian exporters secure international contracts, particularly with foreign governments.

    Until the end of 2019, Julian was Chief of Staff to the Honourable Jim Carr, Minister of International Trade of Canada. He held the same role previously for the Honourable Francois-Philippe Champagne. His appointment dates from November 2015, shortly after the Trudeau government was first sworn in, when he served as Chief of Staff to the Honourable Stephane

    Dion, Minister of Foreign Affairs, until January 2017. In 2018 the Hill Times named Julian among the Top 40 Influencing Canadian Foreign Policy. He previously worked at BHP, the world’s largest natural resources company, most recently as Head of Strategy & Development, Potash (previously Diamonds & Specialty Products), in Saskatoon. Before that, he was Project Director, Iron Ore Africa, Minerals Exploration based in Singapore, where he led commercial efforts for development projects in West / Central Africa, and was engaged in Mergers & Acquisitions work globally for BHP Billiton Aluminium in London.

    Julian also worked in corporate Mergers & Acquisitions at (Rio Tinto) Alcan in Montreal and Paris, where he led or contributed to buy, sell-side and spin-off international transactions in diverse locations, such as the US, Canada, France, Switzerland, Australia, Slovenia, Thailand, Gabon, Cameroon, Congo, South Africa and the Central African Republic (CAR/RCA/Centrafrique). 

    He began his finance career in investment banking in Global Metals & Mining at Credit Suisse First Boston in Toronto, where he worked on advisory and financing assignments. Originally from Ottawa, Julian began his career in federal politics by working in several capacities at the House of Commons of Canada, including as an assistant to two Parliamentary Secretaries (Justice and Attorney General, and Environment).

    He studied economics and political science at the University of Ottawa before earning an Honours Business Administration degree from the Ivey Business School at Western University. He received a ESG Global Competent Boards Certificate designation upon completion of the director program. Julian lives in Ottawa with his wife Jackie and their two children. He is fluent in French.