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Celebrating the remarkable career of Clark Goodman
WYSE News | May 3, 2024

After over three decades of dedicated service to Canada, WYSE Travel Confederation extends a fond farewell to Clark Goodman, Director of International Experience Canada (IEC), as he begins his retirement following an illustrious career marked by commitment, leadership and a profound impact on the lives of countless individuals.

Clark’s journey in public service began over 30 years ago, with roles spanning Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada and the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade. Throughout his tenure, he played pivotal roles in policy and programme development, focusing on diverse areas such as refugee reform, citizenship, integration, foreign investment and temporary resident programming. His extensive experience in regional offices offered him a unique perspective, enriching his understanding as he transitioned to Ottawa-based roles.

Among his numerous titles and responsibilities, Clark fondly remembers his tenure as the Registrar of Canadian Citizenship as his most cherished role. It was a testament to his deep-rooted commitment to Canadian values and his passion for serving the nation’s citizens with integrity and excellence.

Throughout his career, Clark provided counsel to Deputy Ministers and Ministers, always ensuring alignment with government priorities whilst upholding the highest standards of service to Canadians. His strategic insights and dedication to excellence have left an indelible mark on the policies and programmes he helped shape.

For the past 11 years, Clark served as the Director of International Experience Canada (IEC), where his leadership propelled the programme to new heights. Representing the Government of Canada on both international and domestic platforms, including at prestigious events such as those run by WYSE Travel Confederation, Clark expanded IEC’s reach and impact. Under his guidance, IEC forged new partnerships with countries worldwide, enhancing opportunities for youth to work and travel abroad. He also fostered collaboration with non-governmental partners, ensuring the programme’s sustained success and positioning Canada as a global leader in youth mobility.

Beyond his professional achievements, Clark is known for his love of golf, a passion he plans to indulge in during his well-deserved retirement. His dedication to excellence, coupled with his warm demeanor and collaborative spirit, has earned him the respect and admiration of colleagues and partners alike.

As Clark embarks on this new chapter of his life, his commitment to public service and his impact on shaping Canada’s immigration and youth mobility landscape will be remembered fondly.

David Chapman, Director General at WYSE Travel Confederation, says, “As you step into retirement, I wanted to express my gratitude for the support and partnership you’ve extended to us and the industry at large over the years. Your passion has always brought a unique energy that resonates throughout your team and your partners alike. Wishing you a retirement filled with as much joy and enthusiasm as you’ve shared with us all.”

Here’s to a fulfilling retirement filled with fun and many memorable rounds of golf!