Catherine Blewett, Deputy Minister Intergovernmental Affairs


Catherine Blewett is the Deputy Minister of the Department of Intergovernmental Affairs for the Province of Nova Scotia.

Ms. Blewett entered public service in 1990, beginning her career with the Government of Nova Scotia at the Departments of Finance and Intergovernmental Affairs.

During her tenure with Nova Scotia, she was involved in a broad range of sectoral and intergovernmental fiscal negotiations. She has experience across a broad range of Federal-Provincial taxation and fiscal policy issues.

In 2001, she joined the Federal Public Service, accepting a position with the Nova Scotia Office of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency as the Director of Intergovernmental Affairs and Infrastructure. In that position she was responsible for a range of intergovernmental issues and federal-provincial negotiations, including the Canada-Nova Scotia Gas Tax Agreement. She also managed a number of federal-provincial and municipal infrastructure programs.

In 2009, she joined Citizenship and Immigration Canada as the Director of Operations for Nova Scotia. She returned to the Government of Nova Scotia in 2011.

Ms. Blewett is also a professor in Intergovernmental Relations at Dalhousie University's Masters of Public Administration program.

She has three teenage children and lives with her husband in Halifax.