Kelly Gillis, former assistant deputy minister at Industry Canada, was officially appointed head of the department's spectrum policy branch. Effective Wednesday, Gillis becomes senior assistant deputy minister of Industry Canada's spectrum, information technologies and telecommunications branch, filling a vacancy opened last month by the retirement of Helen McDonald, department spokesman Michel Cimpaye confirmed in an email. The department said last month that it had opened a competition to fill McDonald's role, who had served as head of the spectrum branch since November 2008. The government moved Gillis into McDonald's position last month on an acting basis. According to LinkedIn, Gillis worked as chief financial officer at Industry Canada from 2009 to 2012 and as an assistant deputy minister since March 2012. A speaker profile from the website of the Financial Management Institute of Canada said Gillis also worked as a director general at the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission and as deputy chief financial officer at the Finance Department. From Montreal, Gillis has a degree in commerce and a post-graduate diploma in public accounting from McGill University, according to the website.