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  • Ray Gilmour DM

    Ray Gilmour

    Executive Council, Deputy Minister and Secretary to Cabinet
    Appointed: April 2019

    Ray has previously served in several deputy minister positions since joining the public service in 2007.

    Before joining the Alberta government, Ray worked for the City of Medicine Hat and spent 15 years in the banking and financial services industry. Ray is a CPA and graduated with a master of business administration and a bachelor of science in agriculture.

  • Photo of Deputy Minister Mark Parsons

    Mark Parsons

    Executive Council, Intergovernmental Relations, Deputy Minister
    Appointed: April 2022

    Mark joined the Government of Alberta in 2011 serving in key senior economic roles, including as Chief Economist. Since 2015, Mark served as the Assistant Deputy Minister of Economics and Fiscal Policy in the Ministry of Treasury Board and Finance, providing leadership on federal-provincial fiscal relations, economics and revenue forecasting, tax policy, fiscal planning and data analytics.

    Prior to joining the Government of Alberta, Mark worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) and the Department of Finance Canada in Ottawa. Mark holds a Master’s degree in economics from the University of Alberta.

  • Zoe Addington, Deputy Chief, Policy Coordination

    Zoe Addington

    Executive Council, Deputy Chief, Policy Coordination
    Appointed: February 2022

    Zoe joined the Government of Alberta in 2019, in the role of assistant deputy minister, Economic Policy in the Policy Coordination Office.

    With over 2 decades of diverse experience, Zoe has worked in the private sector, with the federal government, in post-secondary, and with industry associations. She also served as the deputy chief of staff and director of Policy to the Premier of Alberta from 2014-15. She is an active volunteer in the not-for-profit sector. She brings creativity as a leader having worked in a wide range of settings including policy coordination and development, regulatory issues and crisis communications and media relations.

    Zoe holds a Master of Business Administration and degrees in political science and historical studies from the University of Calgary, as well as certification in project management from Mount Royal University.

  • Photo of Chris McPherson

    Christopher McPherson

    Executive Council, Deputy Clerk and Deputy Secretary to Cabinet
    Appointed: April 2019

    Since joining the Government of Alberta in 2014, Christopher has held assistant deputy minister roles in strategic communications and, most recently, in economic policy in the Policy Coordination Office.

    Prior to his service with the Alberta government, Christopher was director of public affairs for the Ontario Hospital Association and held senior advisor roles in the Government of Ontario.

  • Photo of Lora Pillipow

    Lora Pillipow

    Advanced Education, Deputy Minister
    Appointed: September 2021

    Lora has held a number of senior-level leadership roles throughout her extensive tenure with the Alberta Public Service, having served as deputy minister of Culture and Status of Women, deputy clerk to Executive Council, deputy secretary to Cabinet, and in a number of assistant deputy minister positions for various ministries, including Environment and Parks, Culture and Tourism, and Human Services.

    Lora’s extensive policy background and leadership experience supports Advanced Education’s innovative work to deliver high-quality post-secondary education and prepare Alberta’s labour market for the province’s economic recovery and prosperity.

  • Photo of Shannon Marchand

    Shannon Marchand

    Agriculture, Forestry and Rural Economic Development, Deputy Minister
    Appointed: January 2021

    Since joining the Alberta Public Service in 1996, Shannon has held several senior leadership roles, including deputy minister of Community and Social Services, deputy minister of Seniors and Housing, deputy chief of the Policy Coordination Office and assistant deputy minister for 3 departments. His earlier government experience was in the areas of immigration and intergovernmental relations areas.

    Born and raised in rural Alberta, Shannon holds a master of arts in political science from the University of Alberta.

  • Photo of Deputy Minister Sherri Wilson

    Sherri Wilson

    Children’s Services, Deputy Minister
    Appointed: December 2020

    Sherri has spent more than 2 decades in the Government of Alberta and served in a number of executive roles in the ministries of Treasury Board and Finance, Health, Executive Council, and (former) Human Services. She has extensive experience in the social and health sector and she is proud to provide leadership on services for families and children in Alberta.

    Sherri was asked to return to Health in the spring of 2020 to serve as Incident Commander of the Health Emergency Operations Centre during the critical early days of the pandemic.

    Sherri has a bachelor of science from Dalhousie University.

  • Portrait of Kim Capstick

    Kim Capstick

    Communications and Public Engagement, Managing Director
    Appointed: March 2020

    Kim Capstick was appointed managing director of Communications and Public Engagement in March 2020. Kim’s career with the Alberta government spans 2 decades, and includes establishing and co-leading the team that would take on the unprecedented work of creating a system for legalized cannabis in Alberta, establishing and leading teams through wildfire and flood recovery, leading the development of a comprehensive communications framework on natural resource development and serving as director of communications in several ministries.

  • Photo of Cynthia Farmer

    Cynthia Farmer

    Community and Social Services, Deputy Minister
    Appointed: January 2021

    Cynthia has served as deputy minister in Service Alberta, assistant deputy minister in Community and Social Services, Economic Development and Trade, Alberta Energy and Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development. She has been a member of the public service since 1999.

    Cynthia graduated from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Education degree.

  • Deputy Minister Heather Caltagirone

    Heather Caltagirone

    Culture and Status of Women, Deputy Minister
    Appointed: September 2021

    Heather has dedicated almost 25 years to public service, most recently serving as an Assistant Deputy Minister with Alberta Education.

    She has a wealth of senior leadership experience in the areas of learning and development, organizational transformation, leadership, systems thinking and human and organizational development.

    Born and raised in Alberta, Heather holds both a master's degree and PhD in human and organizational systems from Fielding Graduate University.

  • Photo of Andre Tremblay

    Andre Tremblay

    Education, Deputy Minister
    Appointed: January 2021

    Andre has over 20 years of public sector experience that includes provincial and municipal governments as well as non-government organizations and academia. Since joining the Alberta Public Service, Andre has served in a variety of senior leadership roles, most recently as deputy minister Agriculture and Forestry, and as deputy minister of Transportation. In addition, Andre served as associate deputy minister of Health, assistant deputy minister of Social Policy at Executive Council and assistant deputy minister of Apprenticeship and Student Aid at Advanced Education. Andre was also previously appointed as the deputy clerk of Executive Council and deputy secretary to Cabinet.

    Andre graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with a bachelor of arts and a master of arts. He has a professional Economic Developer designation from the University of Waterloo, and has completed executive leadership programs at Queen’s University and the Ivey School of Business.

  • Photo of Grant Sprague

    Grant Sprague

    Energy, Deputy Minister
    Appointed: April 2019

    Prior to his return as deputy minister of Energy, Grant served as associate counsel at Miller Thomson LLP where he provided advice on natural resource and environmental law, administrative law matters, and regulatory processes involving government. Previously, he served as deputy minister of Energy from July 2013 to May 2016 and Chair of the Alberta Petroleum Marketing Commission. Grant also served as Chief of the Policy Coordination Office of Executive Council and as assistant deputy minister of Alberta Justice.

    Grant was appointed King’s Counsel for Alberta in December of 2010 and is a Senior Fellow with the C.D. Howe Institute and a sessional lecturer at the University of Alberta School of Business.

  • Photo of Stephanie Clarke

    Stephanie Clarke

    Natural Gas and Electricity, Associate Deputy Minister
    Appointed: January 2021

    Stephanie joined the Government of Alberta in 2003 and has served as a member of the leadership teams for Environment and Parks, Municipal Affairs and Energy.

    Prior to her most recent role as assistant deputy minister of Resource Stewardship within Environment and Parks, Stephanie served as the assistant deputy minister of Energy Policy, assistant deputy minister of Municipal Assessment and Grants, and held executive portfolios related to cumulative effects management, strategy development and foresight, and municipal sustainability.

    Stephanie holds a Master of Arts degree in Political Science from Memorial University of Newfoundland.

  • Photo of Bev Yee

    Bev Yee

    Environment and Parks, Deputy Minister
    Appointed: September 2018

    Bev has been with the Government of Alberta since 1994. She was appointed deputy minister of Intergovernmental Relations in March 2018 and deputy minister of Environment and Parks in September 2018. Previously, she was deputy minister of Agriculture and Forestry and held five assistant deputy roles.

    Bev holds a bachelor of education and a bachelor of science.

  • Photo of Deputy Minister Paul Wynnyk

    Paul Wynnyk

    Health, Deputy Minister
    Appointed: May 2021

    Paul joined the Alberta Public Service in 2019 as Deputy Minister of Municipal Affairs. Prior to that he served as an officer in the Canadian Forces for more than 38 years, rising to the rank of Lieutenant-General. Along with tours and commands overseas in Afghanistan, Cambodia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Germany, he held numerous high-level positions in Canada, including command of the Canadian Army and – most recently – Vice Chief of the Defence Staff.

    Born in Edmonton and raised in Breton, Alberta, Paul attended Royal Roads Military College and the Royal Military College of Canada. He holds a baccalaureate in civil engineering, and master’s degrees in both war studies and business administration.

  • Portrait of DM Bryce Stewart

    Bryce Stewart

    Health, Associate Deputy Minister
    Appointed: August 2020

    Bryce Stewart joined the Government of Alberta in 2006 and has held several assistant deputy minister (ADM) positions. Most recently he served as the senior assistant deputy minister of Health Systems Integration at Alberta Health. Prior to joining Health, Bryce was a senior ADM in Treasury Board and Finance (TBF).

    Bryce has also served as ADM of Budget Development and Reporting in TBF and ADM roles in the Public Service Commission, the former Human Services Ministry, and in the Policy Coordination Office in Executive Council.

  • Photo of Donavon Young, Deputy Minister of Indigenous Relations

    Donavon Young

    Indigenous Relations, Deputy Minister
    Appointed: April 2014

    Donavon brings 35 years of direct experience and knowledge to his position in Indigenous Relations – at the national level, with 2 provincial governments and at the community level. He joined the Government of Alberta in 2005 as an assistant deputy minister (7 years at Aboriginal Relations and 2 years at Alberta Justice) until April 2014 when he was appointed as a deputy minister.

    From 1995 to 2005, Donavon worked for the Government of Saskatchewan (Aboriginal Relations) as an assistant deputy minister for most of that time. From 1992 to 1995, he worked for the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples as the Urban Research and Policy Coordinator. Donavon also worked in research and program development at the Gabriel Dumont Institute of Metis Studies and Applied Research from 1983 to 1992.

  • Deputy Minister of Infrastructure Mary Persson

    Mary Persson

    Infrastructure, Deputy Minister
    Appointed: August 2021

    Prior to her appointment as deputy minister of Infrastructure, Mary served as the City of Edmonton's chief financial officer and deputy city manager for the Financial and Corporate Services department. Previously she served as assistant deputy minister of Financial and Corporate Services at Alberta Health and senior assistant deputy minister at Treasury Board and Finance.

    Mary has well-rounded financial and public policy experience in large, complex organizations, including the Government of Canada, University of Alberta, Alberta Health Services and the Government of Alberta. She has a master of business administration from the University of Alberta, is a Fellow with the Chartered Professional Accountants, and has earned certifications in Risk Management Assurance and Auditing. She has her Institute of Corporate Directors ICD.D designation and has served on numerous boards over the years, including as a board member for the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra and the Francis Winspear Centre for Music.

  • Portrait image of Katherine White

    Katherine White

    Jobs, Economy and Innovation, Deputy Minister
    Appointed: March 2020

    Prior to this appointment, Katherine (Kate) was the deputy minister of Finance and secretary to the Management Board for the Government of Yukon. Most of Kate’s public service career has been with the Government of Alberta, where she held the positions of assistant deputy minister of economics and fiscal policy at Treasury Board and Finance, as well as chief economist and many others.

    Kate is an economist by profession, with a passion for public policy and public sector leadership. She holds a master of arts in economics from the University of Calgary and a bachelor of science from Dalhousie University.

  • Photo of Deputy Minister Frank Bosscha

    Frank Bosscha

    Justice and Solicitor General, Deputy Minister
    Appointed: August 2019

    Frank Bosscha, Q.C., joined the Ministry of Justice and Solicitor General in 2012, when he was appointed as director and corporate counsel for the Health legal team. Before that, he spent 12 years in private practice and 11 years with the federal government leading teams specializing in tax law and Indigenous issues.

    Prior to his appointment as deputy minister, he was the assistant deputy minister of Legal Services for just over 5 years responsible for the Alberta government’s civil law practice and Legislative Counsel Office.

  • Photo of Dennis Cooley

    Dennis Cooley

    Justice and Solicitor General, Associate Deputy Minister
    Appointed: November 2017

    Dennis has extensive experience in the public service throughout Canada. Prior to his appointment, he spent 5 years in Saskatchewan as associate deputy minister of Justice, Corrections and Policing and 8 years in Yukon as deputy minister of Justice.

    Dennis completed his Ph.D. at the University of Manitoba in 1995. He held various positions with the Government of Canada and was the executive director of the Law Commission of Canada from 1999 to 2004.

  • Photo of Shawn McLeod

    Shawn McLeod

    Labour and Immigration, Deputy Minister
    Appointed: April 2019

    Shawn has extensive legal and labour relations experience, including a number of years in private legal practice, a decade with the Alberta Labour Relations Board, public sector experience with the federal Department of Justice, and most recently, practicing law and labour relations in the private sector.

    Shawn has a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor Law from the University of Alberta and a French language certificate from the University of Quebec.

  • Brandy Cox, Municipal Affairs, Deputy Minister

    Brandy Cox

    Municipal Affairs, Deputy Minister
    Appointed: May 2021

    Brandy joined the Government of Alberta in 2003 and spent more than a decade in Municipal Affairs. She also served in executive roles at 4 departments.

    Most recently, she was the assistant deputy minister (ADM) of Consumer, Registry and Strategic Services and Acting ADM of Shared Services at Service Alberta.

    Previously she served as ADM of Corporate Strategies and Services in Infrastructure, ADM of Economic Policy in Executive Council, executive director (ED) of Cabinet Coordination Office and ED of External Relations Sector in the former Alberta Innovation and Advanced Education.

    Brandy holds a Master of Arts degree in Political Science from York University.

  • Photo of Deputy Minister Tim Grant

    Tim Grant

    Public Service Commission, Deputy Minister and Public Service Commissioner
    Appointed: April 2019

    Tim joined the public service in 2008. Over his career, he’s held senior positions as assistant deputy minister at Energy, and as deputy minister at Transportation, Justice and Solicitor General, and Service Alberta. He also led the government’s response to the 2011 Slave Lake wildfire.

    Tim is a former officer who served in the Canadian Forces for 31 years, rising to the rank of Major General. He is a graduate of the University of Guelph and of the Canadian Forces College.

  • Deputy Minister of Seniors and Housing Lisa Sadownik

    Lisa Sadownik

    Seniors and Housing, Deputy Minister
    Appointed: August 2021

    Lisa has been with the Alberta Public Service since 1998. She has held positions in a number of different ministries, and has served in various economic, environmental and social policy related executive leadership roles since 2011.

    Prior to becoming assistant deputy minister (ADM) of Lands at Environment and Parks in 2019, Lisa served as ADM of Food and Value-Added Processing with Agriculture and Forestry, ADM of Social Policy with the Policy Coordination Office of Executive Council, and ADM of Policy and Community Engagement with Human Services.

    Lisa has degrees in Meteorology and Environmental Physical Sciences from the University of Alberta.

  • Photo of David James

    David James

    Service Alberta, Deputy Minister
    Appointed: January 2021

    David James has been with the Government of Alberta since 2011. He has held senior roles as associate deputy minister of Natural Gas and Electricity, assistant deputy minister for Strategic Policy and assistant deputy minister for Electricity and Sustainable Energy, at Alberta Energy.

    David previously served as a telecommunications officer with the Canadian Forces. He has an undergraduate degree in Chemical and Materials Engineering, and a Masters of Business Administration, both from the Royal Military College of Canada.

  • Photo of Deputy Minster Lajeunesse

    Rae-Ann Lajeunesse

    Transportation, Deputy Minister
    Appointed: January 2020

    Rae-Ann joined the Alberta Public Service in 1995 as a correctional peace officer at the Edmonton Remand Centre. She worked her way up through the Alberta Public Service in a variety of roles from frontline to management, and across operational, corporate and policy functions.

    Prior to her appointment as Deputy Minister of Transportation, Rae-Ann held 4 ADM positions in the ministries of Justice and Solicitor General, Human Services and Children’s Services.

    Rae-Ann holds a correctional services diploma from Grant MacEwan College, as well as a bachelor of arts and master of distance education both from Athabasca University.

  • Photo of deputy minister Athana Mentzelopoulos

    Athana Mentzelopoulos

    Treasury Board and Finance, Deputy Minister
    Appointed: April 2019

    Athana has extensive public service experience in federal and provincial governments, including serving as deputy minister of Finance in BC, where she was also responsible for the BC Securities Commission and the credit union regulator, the Financial Institutions Commission.

    She also served in deputy minister roles in the BC ministries of Intergovernmental Relations; Government Communications; Tourism, Skills Training and Labour; and in many senior roles in the federal government. She holds an Honours BA in political science and economics from Carleton University and an MA in contemporary social and political thought from the University of Victoria.

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