Helen McDonald, Industry Canada's senior assistant deputy minister for spectrum management, will retire from the public service effective Nov. 22, according to an internal email. “It goes without saying that she will be missed, yet we also want to wish her well in her next steps,” John Knubley, deputy minister of the Industry Department, said in an email to staff Tuesday. “Helen has been a true leader in the public service, including overseeing the policy and program developments in the communications field; the establishment of the first Information Highway Advisory Council; providing leadership on electronic commerce policies; and transforming how Canadians interact with the federal government online,” Knubley said. McDonald served as senior assistant deputy minister of spectrum, information technologies and telecommunications since November 2008. Prior to that, she worked as an assistant secretary at the Treasury Board Secretariat, as well as chief informatics officer. Before joining the Treasury Board, she worked in executive positions at the Industry Department. Knubley said that, as senior assistant deputy minister, McDonald was responsible for key files such as the digital economy, the government's Broadband Canada Program and promoting communications technologies in Canada. He said the department will run a competitive process to fill her current position and that, in the meantime, Kelly Gillis, assistant deputy minister of Industry Canada, will assume her responsibilities and that Alain Beaudoin will fill in as acting assistant deputy minister.