Premier announces changes to senior public service leadership

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Premier Tim Houston announced several changes to the senior ranks of Nova Scotia’s public service today, June 17. These changes include new appointments and the departure of a key figure.

Candace Thomas Departs

Candace Thomas, who was appointed Deputy Minister of the Department of Justice in April 2020, has announced her departure. Thomas, a lawyer with over 20 years of experience and a former partner at Stewart McKelvey, was the first female African Nova Scotian to hold the position. She has been an advocate for social innovation and integrative approaches within the justice system during her tenure.

Karen Gatien’s Expanded Role

Karen Gatien, who has been serving as Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and Renewables since August 2021, has been promoted to the role of Executive Deputy Minister. She will continue to oversee the Department of Natural Resources and Renewables, which is responsible for the development and conservation of the province’s natural resources, including forest, wildlife, mineral, and energy resources. Gatien’s extensive career with the provincial government spans over three decades, with significant roles in education and workforce development.

Jennifer Glennie Appointed Deputy Minister of Justice

Jennifer Glennie has been appointed as the new Deputy Minister of Justice. She was previously the Associate Deputy Minister of the Executive Council Office. Glennie’s new role will involve overseeing the operations of the justice system and providing legal advice to the government.

Tracey Thomas’s New Responsibilities

Tracey Thomas has been appointed as the Deputy Minister of the Office of Equity and Anti-Racism. She will continue her role as Deputy Minister of African Nova Scotian Affairs. This dual role highlights the government’s focus on equity and anti-racism initiatives.

These appointments are effective immediately. For more detailed information on the careers and contributions of these individuals, visit the official Nova Scotia government website and related news sources.

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