FREDERICTON (GNB) – Premier-designate Blaine Higgs announced a transition team to liaise with the civil service in the period leading to the swearing-in of the new cabinet.

“A group of talented New Brunswickers have agreed to work with our government to help ensure a seamless transition,” said Higgs. “These team members bring decades of experience and expertise in the private sector, governance and politics to this important process.”

The team members are:

  • Louis Léger: With over 25 years of business experience, Léger has spent  much of his career at the centre of the Atlantic Canadian marketing communications industry and was recognized by Progress Magazine as one of Atlantic Canada’s top 50 CEOs. Léger is on the board of directors and chairs the finance committee of the Donald J. Savoie Institute on Public Policy Research. He has also served on the Université de Moncton’s board of governors.
  • John Mallory: A retired deputy minister of finance, Mallory served for 15 years under six premiers and seven finance ministers.
  • Edith Doucet: Doucet has 33 years of experience in the public service, including time as clerk of the Executive Council and head of the civil service. She also served as deputy minister of social development, healthy and inclusive communities and intergovernmental affairs.
  • Bob Youden: Youden is a partner in Savarin Consulting, a consulting and holding company for business interests. He has over 30 years of experience working in the private and public sectors.
  • Paul D’Astous: A retired chair and CEO with the New Brunswick Insurance Board and former vice-president of sales and marketing with Assumption Life, D’Astous is the executive director of the Progressive Conservative Party of New Brunswick.

“Premier Gallant and I have met to discuss the transition and I want to thank Mr. Gallant and the senior officials in the civil service for the work they have done,” said Higgs.