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Deputy Minister appointments

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Premier Dalton McGuinty announced the following Deputy Minister appointments, effective December 8, 2008, unless otherwise indicated:

  • Fareed Amin as Deputy Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing. 

    Mr. Amin is currently the Deputy Minister of Economic Development and Trade. He was formerly the Deputy Minister of Economic Development and Trade and Deputy Minister of Small Business and Entrepreneurship. He was Deputy City Manager for the City of Toronto and his past experience in the Ontario Public Service includes Deputy Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs and Deputy Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, responsible for Seniors and Women's Issues. He has held senior management positions in Cabinet Office, and the ministries of Northern Development and Mines, Municipal Affairs and Housing, Finance and Transportation. Mr. Amin holds a bachelor's degree in applied geography and planning from the University of Guyana, and a master of public administration from Queen's University.

  • Bruce Archibald as Deputy Minister of International Trade and Investment. 

    Dr. Archibald is currently the Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs and was formerly the Assistant Deputy Minister, Policy and Farm Finance in the Ministry of Agriculture and Food and Assistant Deputy Minister, Science and Technology in the former Ministry of Energy, Science and Technology. He previously held the position of Assistant Deputy Minister, Research, with Agriculture and Agrifood Canada and senior management positions in the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, and the University of Guelph.  Dr. Archibald holds a B.Sc. in agriculture from the University of Guelph, an M.Sc. in biochemistry from Cornell University, and a PhD in toxicology from the University of Guelph.

  • Lynn Betzner as Deputy Minister of Communications, Cabinet Office. 

    Ms. Betzner is currently the Assistant Deputy Minister of Corporate Communications and the Acting Deputy Minister of Communications in Cabinet Office. She has held progressively responsible senior executive positions in communications and administration in Cabinet Office and the Ministries of Transportation and Environment. She has an honours bachelor of public administration from Carleton University, an MA in political science/public administration and a Certificate in Managing Strategic Change from the University of Toronto.

  • John Burke as Deputy Minister of Community Safety, Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services. 

    Mr. Burke is currently the Deputy Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing and was formerly the Deputy Minister of Natural Resources. He has also served as the chief administrative officer for the Cities of Ottawa, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Gloucester, North Bay and the Regional Municipality of Halton. He has held a number of senior management positions in municipal administration in Grande Prairie, Alberta, and in Halifax and Richmond, Nova Scotia. Mr. Burke holds a bachelor of commerce from St. Mary's University, a diploma in public administration from the University of Western Ontario and has studied labour relations at Queen's University.

  • Drew Fagan as Deputy Minister of Tourism, effective January 5, 2009. 

    Mr. Fagan is currently the Assistant Deputy Minister, Strategic Policy and Planning, in the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada. His responsibilities have included policy development and analysis, business planning, public diplomacy, economic modelling and analysis, and federal-provincial coordination on foreign and trade policy. Mr. Fagan also served as the Prime Minister's representative to the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum and summit process. Prior to this, he had an extensive career in journalism, primarily at The Globe and Mail where he held many of the newspaper's senior positions, including Ottawa bureau chief, editorial page editor and columnist, and Washington correspondent. He has a B.Comm. from Queen's University and an MA from the University of Western Ontario.

  • Philip Howell as Deputy Minister of Economic Development. 

    Mr. Howell is currently the Deputy Minister of Tourism.  Mr. Howell was the Associate Deputy Minister of the Treasury Board Office in the Ministry of Finance. He has been the acting superintendent and CEO of the Financial Services Commission of Ontario, Assistant Deputy Minister and Chief Economist in the Office of Economic Policy and Director of Taxation Policy in the Ministry of Finance. His background includes responsibility for economic development strategy, industrial and sectoral policy in the former Ministry of Economic Development, Trade and Tourism, where he was also the general manager of the Ontario Aerospace Corporation. He has an M.Sc. in economics from the London School of Economics and an honours BA in economics from York University.

  • Deborah E. Newman as Deputy Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities. 

    Ms. Newman is currently the Deputy Minister of Community Safety, Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services. Ms. Newman was formerly the Deputy Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services. She has previously held numerous senior positions in Community Safety, Correctional Services and Youth Justice Services. She has also held senior management positions in Alberta's Correctional Services, and the Federal Department of Correctional Services. Ms. Newman holds a BA in psychology, and an MA in criminology from the University of Ottawa.
  • George Zegarac as Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, effective December 15, 2008. 

    Mr. Zegarac is currently the Assistant Deputy Minister of Strategic Planning and Elementary/Secondary Programs in the Ministry of Education and formerly held Assistant Deputy Minister positions in the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care in the Community Health and the Integrated Policy and Planning divisions. He has also held senior executive positions in the Ministries of Health and Long-Term Care, Environment and Energy. He has a master of public administration from Carleton University and an honours BA in economics and political science from McMaster University.

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