Catherine Woodman has been appointed deputy minister of Business, Premier Stephen McNeil announced today, April 14.
“Catherine is a trusted voice in Nova Scotia’s business community. She is a leader and has the skills necessary to help us create one of the most competitive and business-friendly environments in Canada,” said Premier McNeil.
“She will provide a fresh perspective as we aim to foster private-sector growth and change the way government does business.”
Ms. Woodman is president and CEO of United Way Halifax and was previously a vice-president at Manulife Financial. She is a board member of the Halifax Partnership, founding member of 211 Nova Scotia, and is a past chair of Mount Saint Vincent University’s board of governors.
Ms. Woodman will work alongside newly appointed Minister of Business Mark Furey. Her appointment is effective May 25. Bernie Miller will continue to act as deputy until then.
Effective May 1, Judith Ferguson will retire from her position as deputy minister of Justice and deputy attorney general. Ms. Ferguson has held a number of senior roles in the public service, including deputy minister of Community Services and Labour and Advanced Education.
“I would like to thank Judith for her public service and her commitment to a safer and fairer Nova Scotia,” said the premier.
Tilly Pillay, executive director of Legal Services, will be acting deputy until a new deputy is appointed. Ms. Pillay has held various positions as a solicitor and as senior litigator in the Department of Justice. She is president of the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society.
Effective Wednesday, Simon d’Entremont will become deputy minister of Seniors.
“Given Nova Scotia’s demographics, government’s focus on seniors is more important than ever,” said Premier McNeil. “A stand-alone deputy will ensure this perspective is considered in policy and program development across government.”