FREDERICTON (GNB) – Tom Mann, a labour lawyer and former executive director of the New Brunswick Union, will join the provincial government as deputy minister at the Department of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour, Premier David Alward announced today. 

“Tom’s background and experience will serve New Brunswickers as a tremendous asset in advancing our government’s renewed focus on developing a strong labour force and strengthening our economy,” Alward said. “He will also play a key role extending our new pension model to a number of private and public sector plans, helping achieve our goal of making pensions in New Brunswick more secure, sustainable and affordable.”

In addition to Mann’s appointment, Alward announced the following changes to senior leadership within the civil service, effective Oct. 1:

  • In anticipation of the retirement of deputy minister Doug Holt, Management Board functions related to financial resource planning will return to the Department of Finance. Human Resources will become a separate department. The Chief Information Office will remain part of the Executive Council Office. 
  • Jane Garbutt, currently deputy minister at the Department of Finance, will move to the new Department of Human Resources as deputy minister. She will serve as acting deputy minister at the Department of Finance until a replacement is recruited through an independent, external process.
  • Marc Léger, currently deputy minister at the Department of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour, has been appointed deputy minister at the Department of Health.
  • Jean Finn, currently executive vice-president of system planning and market development with the New Brunswick System Operator, has been appointed deputy minister at the new Department of Energy and Mines.
  • Carolyn MacKay, currently deputy minister at the Department of Culture, Tourism and Healthy Living, has been appointed deputy minister at the new Department of Healthy and Inclusive Communities.
  • Kelly Cain, currently assistant deputy minister responsible for tourism, parks and attractions, has been promoted to deputy minister at the new Department of Tourism, Heritage and Culture.
  • Tim Porter, formerly an assistant deputy minister with the departments of Government Services, Culture, Tourism and Healthy Living and Communications New Brunswick, has been appointed secretary to the Council of Atlantic Premiers. Porter replaces Don Osmond, who has retired.

"I am confident this leadership team has the right mix of skills and experience to rebuild our economy, bring our province back to fiscal health, and shift our efforts toward a more focused, efficient and effective system of program and service delivery," Alward said. "I also thank Doug Holt and retired deputy minister at the Department of Health, Don Ferguson, for their years of service to the people of New Brunswick.”

Following is the complete list of deputy ministers, deputy heads and presidents of Crown corporations (* denotes a change or addition):

Nancy McKay
Chief of Staff, Office of the Premier

Byron James
Clerk of the Executive Council and Secretary to Cabinet

Douglas Holt*    
Deputy Minister, Executive Council Office

Darell Fowlie    
Deputy Minister, Office of the Premier

Dallas McCready
Deputy Minister, Strategic Initiatives, Executive Council Office

Greg Lutes
Secretary to the Policy and Priorities committee of Cabinet, Executive Council Office

Judith Keating
Deputy Attorney General and Deputy Minister of Justice

Dale Wilson
Deputy Minister, Public Safety

Jane Garbutt*
Deputy Minister, Finance (acting), Deputy Minister, Human Resources

Sylvie Levesque-Finn
Deputy Minister, Government Services
President, Service New Brunswick
President, New Brunswick Internal Services Agency

Jean-Marc Dupuis
Deputy Minister, Transportation and Infrastructure

Phil LePage*
Deputy Minister, Natural Resources

Jean Finn*
Deputy Minister, Energy and Mines

Robert Rioux
Deputy Minister, Agriculture, Aquaculture and Fisheries

Marc Léger*
Deputy Minister, Health

Edith Doucet    
Deputy Minister, Social Development

Tom Mann*
Deputy Minister, Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour

Roger Doucet
Deputy Minister, Education and Early Childhood Services (francophone sector)

Wendy McLeod-MacKnight
Deputy Minister, Education and Early Childhood Services (anglophone sector)

Denis Caron    
Deputy Minister, Environment and Local Government

Margaret-Ann Blaney
President, Efficiency NB

Bill Levesque   
Deputy Minister, Economic Development
President, Regional Development Corporation

Robert MacLeod
President, Invest NB

Kelly Cain*
Deputy Minister, Tourism, Heritage and Culture

Carolyn MacKay*
Deputy Minister, Healthy and Inclusive Communities

Patrick Francis
Deputy Minister, Aboriginal Affairs