Ontario Premier Names New Secretary Of The Cabinet

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Ontario Premier Names New Secretary Of The Cabinet

Peter Wallace To Become Head Of The Ontario Public Service

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Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty has named Peter Wallace as the next Secretary of the Cabinet, Head of the Ontario Public Service and Clerk of the Executive Council.

Wallace's appointment is effective December 17, 2011.

He has served as the Deputy Minister of Finance and Secretary of the Treasury Board since September 2008.

Wallace will succeed Shelly Jamieson, who recently indicated her intention to leave the post after serving as Secretary of the Cabinet since January 2008.  

Jamieson cultivated a strong and inclusive workplace making the OPS one of the top employers in Canada. She helped transform public service delivery to provide more modern, efficient and meaningful supports to 13 million Ontarians.

The Premier also announced the following Deputy Minister appointments today, effective December 5, 2011 unless otherwise noted below:

  • As a result of John Burke's planned retirement, Fareed Amin becomes Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, effective December 12, 2011. Burke will provide transitional advice to Amin until his retirement in early January. In his new role, Amin will also conclude the first scheduled review of the clean energy Feed-in Tariff (FIT) Program on behalf of the Ministry of Energy, which he has been leading since returning to the OPS in August. He has held a number of Deputy Minister appointments including Energy and Infrastructure, Municipal Affairs and Housing, Consumer Services, Economic Development and Trade, Small Business and Entrepreneurship, Intergovernmental Affairs, and Citizenship and Immigration, responsible for Senior's and Women's Issues. Amin was also Deputy City Manager for the City of Toronto. He holds a Bachelor's degree in applied geography and planning from the University of Guyana and a Master's of public administration from Queen's University.
  • Steven Davidson becomes Deputy Minister of Tourism and Culture, a role in which he has been acting since September, 2010. He was formerly the Assistant Deputy Minister of Policy in the Democratic Renewal Secretariat and Executive Coordinator of the Executive Council Office in Cabinet Office. Davidson has a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from Queen's University and a Masters of archival studies from the University of British Columbia.
  • Giles Gherson becomes Deputy Minister of Consumer Services. Gherson is currently Deputy Minister and Associate Secretary of the Cabinet, Policy and Delivery in Cabinet Office. Previously he was Deputy Minister and Associate Secretary of the Cabinet, Communications, in Cabinet Office. He was formerly the Editor-in-Chief of the Toronto Star, Editor of the Globe and Mail's Report on Business and Editor-in-Chief of the Edmonton Journal. He was a columnist with Southam News Services, the Financial Times of Canada and the Financial Post. He also has extensive experience in journalism with a number of media organizations. He was also Principal Secretary for Social Security Reform in the federal government's Department of Human Resources Development, and holds a BA (Honours) from Queen's University.
  • Steve Orsini will become Deputy Minister of Finance and Secretary of Treasury Board, effective December 17, 2011. Orsini brings extensive economic and fiscal planning experience to this role. He is currently Deputy Minister of Revenue and an Associate Deputy Minister of Finance. He was previously the Assistant Deputy Minister of the Office of the Budget and Taxation in the Ministry of Finance. He was also Vice-President of Policy and Public Affairs and Director of Policy and Research with the Ontario Hospital Association. Orsini has a Bachelor of Applied Arts in urban and regional planning from Ryerson and a Masters in environmental studies (economic development) from York University.
  • David O'Toole becomes Deputy Minister of Natural Resources. O'Toole is currently Deputy Minister of Northern Development and Mines and Acting Deputy Minister of Natural Resources. He was previously the Assistant Deputy Minister of Economic, Environment, Justice and Intergovernmental Policy, in Cabinet Office and Assistant Deputy Minister of Policy and Planning and the Director of Urban and Rural Infrastructure and Policy in the Ministry of Transportation. He has held progressively responsible positions in Cabinet Office and the ministries of Public Infrastructure Renewal, Transportation and Health. He holds an honours BA in economic geography from Queen's University.
  • George Ross becomes Deputy Minister of Northern Development and Mines. Ross is currently Deputy Minister of Research and Innovation and Acting Deputy Minister of Consumer Services. He was formerly Assistant Deputy Minister and Chief Operating Officer in the Ministry of Research and Innovation. He has also been Assistant Deputy Minister, Field Services, and Assistant Deputy Minister, Corporate Services in the Ministry of Natural Resources where he had responsibility for regional operations, policy and planning co-ordination, human resources and finance and administration. His education includes a Bachelor of environmental studies from the University of Waterloo, the Advanced Program in Human Resources Management at the University of Toronto and Business Administration at Ryerson University.
  • Scott Thompson becomes Deputy Minister,  Policy and Delivery, Cabinet Office. For the past several months he has been the Executive Lead to the Drummond Commission, and he will continue to provide support as part of his new Cabinet Office role. He has held Assistant Deputy Minister positions previously in Transportation and Cabinet Office, and was acting Deputy Minister, Policy, in Cabinet Office. Mr. Thompson holds a Bachelor of environmental studies from the University of Waterloo.
  • Wendy Tilford becomes Deputy Minister of Economic Development and Innovation. Tilford was appointed Deputy Minister of Economic Development and Trade in February 2010. She brought to her role in the OPS extensive private sector expertise in business development and quality management.  Prior to joining the OPS, she was President of Quality Management Institute (QMI) -- SAI Global, and President of QMI, the auditing division of the Canadian Standards Group. She has a BA from the University of Toronto.
  • Judith Wright becomes Deputy Minister, Pan Am Games reporting to the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration. Wright is currently Deputy Minister of Health Promotion and Sport, and has led the creation of the Pan Am Games Secretariat within the OPS. She was formerly Deputy Minister of Children and Youth Services, Intergovernmental Affairs and Acting Deputy Minister of Education. She held Assistant Deputy Minister positions in Strategic Planning and Elementary/Secondary Programs in the Ministry of Education, Policy and Planning in the Ministry of Health, Conservation and Prevention in the Ministry of Environment and Energy and Strategic Operations in the Ministry of Community and Social Services. She has had extensive senior management experience in the social policy and operations areas of Cabinet Office and the Secretary of State in Ottawa. She holds a BA (Honours) from York University.

Quick Facts

  • Peter Wallace recently celebrated 30 years of distinguished public service.
  • Peter Wallace has held progressively senior roles including Deputy Minister of Energy and Deputy Minister and Associate Secretary of the Cabinet, with responsibility for Policy in Cabinet Office.
  • Peter Wallace has a BA (Honours) in political economy and a Masters of public administration from the University of Toronto.

Quotes

“I know Peter Wallace will serve Ontarians well and will help our government move forward our plan to strengthen the economy and create jobs. I also want to thank Shelly Jamieson for her outstanding service to our province, and for leading the Ontario Public Service to new heights.”

Dalton McGuinty

Premier of Ontario

“To lead this remarkable organization and work with so many dedicated public servants is a privilege and responsibility that I take very seriously. I know I inherit a strong foundation from which to build, and look forward to continuing our work together to remain a world class public service organization.”

Peter Wallace

Secretary of the Cabinet designate

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