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26 January 2024
FREDERICTON (GNB) – Premier Blaine Higgs announced changes to the senior ranks of the provincial public service today.
“This team of deputy ministers has the right combination of skills and experience to lead the change our government wants to see,” said Higgs. “I am confident that the experience this leadership team offers will enable our government to realize our goals and help us continue building New Brunswick to benefit all residents.
“I expect this team to drive the delivery of programs and services, achieve excellence across the public service and help the government be accountable to New Brunswickers.”
Cade Libby becomes the deputy minister of Natural Resources and Energy Development. He will also retain his position as deputy minister of Indigenous Affairs.
Joel Dickinson, a longtime civil servant and deputy chief operating officer within the Executive Council Office, takes on additional responsibility as president of the Regional Development Corporation.
After acting in the role for several months, Charbel Awad becomes the deputy minister of Environment and Local Government.
All changes are effective Jan. 29.
“I thank the deputies for agreeing to take on the challenges of new assignments,” said Higgs. “They have all demonstrated their professionalism and leadership throughout their careers and I know this dedication will continue as they take on new responsibilities.”
EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is a complete list of deputy ministers, deputy heads and presidents of Part I Crown corporations (*denotes a change or addition):
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