Candace was appointed Deputy Minister of Justice and Deputy Attorney General, and as Deputy Minister of the government’s new Office of Social Innovation and Integrative Approaches in April 2020. A graduate of Dalhousie Law School, prior to her appointments, Candace practiced corporate law as a partner with a leading Atlantic Canada law firm. She received her Queen’s Counsel designation in 2017 and was selected by her peers to be included in the 2017, 2018 and 2019 editions of The Best Lawyers in Canada. Deputy Thomas is an active community leader - a champion of literacy, education, equality and self-empowerment, she has worked with several organizations such as the East Preston Empowerment Academy Society, the Black Business Initiative Society and the Halifax Central Library. She received the Community Service Award from the Nova Scotia Branch of the Canadian Bar Association in 2017.