Catherine Blewett, Deputy Minister Intergovernmental Affairs

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Catherine Blewett is Deputy Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs and CEO of the Office of Immigration with the Province of Nova Scotia.

Catherine entered public service in 1990 with the Government of Nova Scotia working in the Departments of Finance and Intergovernmental Affairs, gaining experience across a broad spectrum of federal-provincial taxation and fiscal policy issues and developing significant experience in intergovernmental fiscal negotiations.

In 2001, she joined the Federal Public Service, accepting a position with the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency as Director of Intergovernmental Affairs and Infrastructure.

Her operational portfolio included responsibility for Nova Scotia's implementation of Canada’s Action Plan and management of federal-provincial and municipal infrastructure programs.

In 2009, Catherine joined Citizenship and Immigration Canada as the Director of Operations for Nova Scotia, with responsibility for all lines of immigration, citizenship and settlement programming.

Ms. Blewett returned to the Government of Nova Scotia as Deputy Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs and CEO of the Office of Aboriginal Affairs in December 2011. As the senior official for Intergovernmental Affairs in Nova Scotia, she has managed Nova Scotia’s leadership of the Council of the Federation, including national Premiers’ meetings, an International Economic Development Forum and international trade missions.

In Aboriginal Affairs, she fostered positive and productive working relationships with Nova Scotia’s Aboriginal leadership and communities, while guiding the Province’s renewed approach to negotiations and consultation with First Nations.

Now, as CEO of the Office of Immigration, she is leveraging her experience with operations and federal-provincial relations to re-align the Office of Immigration and enhance Nova Scotia’s ability to attract and retain new immigrants.

Currently active as a professor in Intergovernmental Relations with the Masters of Public Administration program in Dalhousie University's Faculty of Management, Catherine is a busy mother of three. She and her husband Stan MacDonald, live in Halifax.