Mr. Rakesh Patry

Director General of International and Intergovernmental Labour Affairs, Employment and Social Development Canada, Government of Canada
Member, International Organizing Committee, XXII World Congress on Safety and Health at Work, Canada

Rakesh Patry was appointed Director General of International and Intergovernmental Labour Affairs for the Government of Canada’s Department of Employment and Social Development (ESDC) in October 2014. In this capacity, he is responsible for overseeing all of the Government’s international labour activities, including the negotiation and implementation of labour provisions in Canada’s Free Trade Agreements, technical assistance programming, and Canadian engagement in multilateral labour fora such as the International Labour Organization (ILO). 

Previously, Mr. Patry was Director of International Policy and Agreements for ESDC where he served as the Government of Canada’s lead negotiator of international social security agreements from 2008 to 2014. During that time he successfully led negotiations on bilateral treaties with a number of countries across Asia, Europe and Latin America.

Prior to joining the Government of Canada, Mr. Patry worked with the Canadian Education Centre Network (CECN), a joint public-private initiative developed to promote Canadian education and training services globally. After establishing and launching the India country office in New Delhi, Mr. Patry returned to Canada to assume the position of Director, International Projects. In 2004, Mr. Patry was appointed Vice President, Global Education Enterprises overseeing a division responsible for negotiating and implementing civil service and private sector training projects in 30 countries across Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East before undertaking a posting to Rabat, Morocco from 2006 to 2008 to establish North African operations for the organization.

Mr. Patry holds a degree in International Relations from York University in Toronto and began his career with the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) as National Marketing Manager for Canada. 


10:05 - 10:50 am EDT / 14:05 – 14:50 pm UTC / 16:05 – 16:50 pm CEST
The changing world of work and COVID-19

The employment impacts of COVID-19 in many nations have been sharp and deep, while in others they have been less severe. In all nations COVID-19 can be seen to be shaping the future world of work. In this session, panelists will describe scenarios for the pace of global employment recovery, look at the future of work organization and the growth and impact of remote working arrangements, prevention measures for essential workers, the importance of social security protections, and policy reforms that may emerge in the post-pandemic period.

Dr. Mohammed Azman Aziz Mohammed, CEO, Social Security Organisation, Malaysia
Mr. Aminur Rashid-Repon Chowdhury, Executive Director, Bangladesh Occupational Safety, Health and Environment Foundation, Bangladesh
Mr. Kris De Meester, Senior Advisor, Federation of Enterprises, Belgium
Dr. Viviana Gómez Sánchez, President, Latin-American Association of Occupational Health, Costa Rica
Mr. Phillip Germain, Chief Executive Officer, Saskatchewan Workers’ Compensation Board, Canada
Dr. Elizabeth Lungu-Nkumbula, Board Chairperson, ENVIS Consulting Limited, Zambia

Mr. Rakesh Patry, Director General of International and Intergovernmental Labour Affairs, Employment and Social Development Canada, Government of Canada, Canada

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