Office of the Deputy Minister

Duff Montgomerie

Duff Montgomerie - LAE Deputy MinisterDuff Montgomerie was appointed Deputy Minister of the Nova Scotia Department of Labour and Advanced Education on April 28, 2014. Prior to this appointment Mr. Mongomerie had been Deputy Minister of Natural Resources since January 11, 2011 and before that he served as Deputy Minister of Health Promotion and Protection, March 2007 to January 2011, where he previously served as the department’s Assistant Deputy Minister.

Mr. Montgomerie has significant administrative and health promotion experience. He was chair of the Premier's Council on Canadian Health Awareness, Director of Community Relations for the Premier's Office, a senior Policy Advisor at Treasury and Policy Board, and a former Executive Assistant to the Minister of Health.

He was appointed by the Conference of Provincial/Territorial Deputy Ministers of Health in June 2008 to the new post of Liaison Deputy Minister to the Pan-Canadian Public Health Network (PHN). In this capacity, Deputy Montgomerie provided direction and advice to the PHN Council on initiatives and issues discussed at PHN tables, particularly as they related to broad governance, policy and management issues of concern to the Conference of Deputy Ministers of Health.

Mr. Montgomerie was also one of the co-chairs of the Federal/Provincial/Territorial Conference of Health Deputies and co-chair of the Federal/Provincial/Territorial Conference of Physical Activity Sport and Recreation Deputies.

For the last number of years, he has also been a steering committee member of the Reforming States Group sponsored by the Millbank Memorial Fund.

Mr. Montgomerie has also served as the Executive Director of the Nova Scotia Sport and Recreation Commission, was the first full-time Director of the Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation and was a member of the Canada Games Council Board of Directors.

In addition to his significant provincial government experience, Deputy Montgomerie has worked with the Central Nova Tourism Association and been in the real estate business.

He has a Physical Education Diploma from the Nova Scotia Teachers College and began his career as a physical education teacher in his native Bridgetown in the Annapolis Valley. He continues to remain active in the sports world as a basketball referee at the community and school level.

Mr. Montgomerie lives in Dartmouth with his wife, Joan. He has two adult children, Steven and Cindy, and two adult step-children, Martha and Matthew.

Contact the Office of the Deputy Minister

Mailing Address:
5151 Terminal Road, 6th floor
Halifax, NS B3J 2T8
Fax: (902) 424-0575

Deputy Minister:

Duff Montgomerie
Phone: (902) 424-4148

Associate Deputy Minister:

Lora MacEachern
Labour and Advanced Education
Phone: (902) 424-6654

Executive Secretary:

Charlene Rice
Phone: (902) 424-4148


Phone: (902) 424-6395

Director of Communications:

Kristen Tynes
Phone: (902) 424-2107