Office of the Premier

Five senior government appointments announced (06/10/12)

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Oct. 12, 2006

FREDERICTON (CNB) - Premier Shawn Graham today announced the appointment of five senior government officials.

"I am very pleased that these very talented individuals have agreed to join our team," Graham said. "Each of them brings considerable experience, energy and commitment to their responsibilities. I look forward to working with them as we move our Charter for Change forward."

Dana Clendenning assumes the responsibilities of president and chief executive officer of the N. B. Liquor Corporation. He completes his term as executive director of the New Brunswick Liberal Association, a position he has held since 2004. Clendenning brings a wealth of business experience to his new duties having served as president of Stellaris Communications Inc. from 1999-2004 and as president of his own consulting firm specializing in community planning and business development. He has also served as a board member for a number of volunteer organizations including Big Brothers/BigSisters of Fredericton/Oromocto Area, Fredericton Transition House for Women. From 2000 to 2003 Clendenning was a member of the board of the directors of the National Capital Commission. His appointment is effective Oct. 30

Yvon LeBlanc has been appointed deputy minister of Justice and Consumer Affairs and deputy attorney general. A lawyer with LeBlanc Bell in Bouctouche, Leblanc has been a member of the New Brunswick Branch of the Canadian Bar Association since 1970. His extensive legal experience includes service as a provincial Crown prosecutor and a Crown prosecutor as agent for the Attorney General of Canada. He has also lectured in property law at the Ecole de Droit de l'Université de Moncton. LeBlanc is a founding member of the Conseil Economique du Nouveau-Brunswick and has served as a member of the board of VIA Rail Canada and of the Federal Business Development Bank. He has also participated in numerous volunteer groups and activities in Kent County. LeBlanc assumes his new role on Nov. 6.

Bernard Thériault joins the Office of the Premier as chief of staff. Thériault leaves his post as director of aboriginal fisheries for the Gulf region with the federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans, where he has served since 2003. His responsibilities with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans also include special advisor on aboriginal affairs to the Minister and co-ordinator of the Burnt Church First Nation fishery agreement. A native of Caraquet, Thériault has had an extensive career in public service. First elected to the Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick in 1987 in the riding of Caraquet, he went on to successful elections in 1991, 1995, and 1999. In 1994, he was named Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture in Frank McKenna's cabinet, a post he held until 1997. He was later named Minister of Intergovernmental and Aboriginal Affairs in Camille Thériault's cabinet. He has served on a number of boards and commissions relating to the arts, culture and economic development. He will join the office on Oct. 30.

Chris Baker has been appointed the deputy minister and secretary for the Policy and Priorities Committee of Cabinet. Prior to accepting the position, he served as Chief of Staff to Shawn Graham in his role as leader of the official opposition. As president of his own consulting firm, Continuum Research, Baker has gained considerable public policy, public opinion consultancy, strategic planning and communications expertise. From November 1997 to April 2003, Baker re-established and led the Ottawa office of the Environics Research Group. In August 1999, Baker became the Director of the FOCUS CANADA quarterly, Canada's longest running public policy syndicated product. Prior to joining Environics, Baker was employed within both the public and private sectors as a senior public opinion researcher. He also served as special assistant responsible for opinion research within the Office of the Prime Minister (PMO), where he provided strategic advice and recommendations concerning a diverse range of political and policy issues. Baker's appointment is effective immediately.

Claire Lepage returns to her native New Brunswick to assume the role of deputy minister of Energy. Lepage also brings considerable public service experience to her role. Her most recent responsibilities have been with Industry Canada where she was Regional Executive Director for the Atlantic Region, a position she had held since 2001. Lepage served as deputy minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Aquaculture from 2000 to 2001. Her tenure in the New Brunswick agriculture portfolio began in 1996 when she served as assistant deputy minister responsible for marketing trade and rural development. In 1998, she was named deputy minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, a post she held until 2000. Lepage's career in the public service in New Brunswick spans four decades. She sits on the board of directors of Genome Atlantic, is involved in the Conseil Economique du Nouveau-Brunswick and the Campagne de Financement of the Université de Moncton, and is a member of the NSERC Regional Advisory Committee. She assumes her new duties on Nov. 14.


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