Catherine Blewett was appointed Clerk of the Executive Council and Secretary to Cabinet January 2015. The Clerk of the Executive Council is the most senior non-political official in the Government of Nova Scotia. As Head of the Public Service in Nova Scotia and Deputy Minister of the Office of the Premier, Ms. Blewett is responsible for ensuring that the Province of Nova Scotia has the policy, management and human resource capacity to effectively serve Nova Scotians.
Ms. Blewett entered public service in 1990 with the Government of Nova Scotia working in the Departments of Finance and Intergovernmental Affairs. In both portfolios, she focused on federal-provincial taxation, fiscal issues and intergovernmental negotiations.
In 2001, she joined the Federal Public Service, accepting a position with the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency.
Her operational portfolios included implementation of Canada’s Action Plan and management of federal-provincial and municipal infrastructure programs and intergovernmental relations.
In 2009, she joined Citizenship and Immigration Canada with responsibility for immigration, citizenship and integration programming in Nova Scotia.
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 Forum and several international trade missions.
In Aboriginal Affairs, she fostered positive and productive working relationships with Nova Scotia’s Mi'kmaq leadership and communities, while guiding the Province’s renewed approach to negotiations and consultation with First Nations.
As CEO of the Office of Immigration, she leveraged 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. Ms. Blewett has retained the Immigration portfolio concurrent with her other responsibilities.
Currently 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.