The Honourable Mark Furey is the Minister responsible for the Office of Service Nova Scotia, and was appointed Nova Scotia’s first Minister of Business on April 9, 2015. He also served as Minister of Municipal Affairs. Minister Furey was first elected as the Member of the Nova Scotia House of Assembly for Lunenburg West in the general election of October 2013. He was first appointed to Cabinet on October 22, 2013, in the role of Minister for the former department of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations.
Minister Furey has dedicated his career to public service, serving as a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police for 32 years. He retired from the RCMP in 2012, having served in detachments around Nova Scotia, including Halifax, Cape Breton, and the South Shore. He retired as the Program Manager for RCMP Emergency Services in Nova Scotia. In addition to his domestic policing role, Minister Furey served in Haiti as an advisor and facilitator to the Haitian National Police Training Program. He also held posts as the Advisor to the KP Chief of Staff in the European Union, and Strategic Plan Coordinator for the Rule of Law Mission in Kosovo. In Nova Scotia, he served as Policing Consultant and Advisor to Nova Scotia’s Minister and Deputy Minister of Justice.
The Minister is a life-long community volunteer and supporter of amateur sport in Lunenburg County. Well known for many years as a minor and high school hockey coach, he was the lead instructor of the Bridgewater Power Skating School. He recently worked with the Lunenburg County Lifestyle Centre, Jenna Martin (2012 Olympian) “Go For Gold,” and Habitat For Humanity Fundraising Committees, and also remains an active, 26-year member of the Lunenburg County YMCA.
Minister Furey continues to live in the Bridgewater area. Mark and Rochelle, a nurse at South Shore Regional Hospital, have two adult children, Chad and Chelsea, living in Halifax.