Candace was appointed Deputy Minister of the Department of Justice and Deputy Attorney General in April 2020. A graduate of the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University, prior to her appointments, Deputy Thomas practiced corporate law as a partner with a leading Atlantic Canada law firm. She received her then Queen’s Counsel designation in 2017 and was selected by her peers to be included in the 2017-2020 editions of The Best Lawyers in Canada.
Deputy Thomas is an active community leader and champion of literacy and higher education, which she believes are social equalizers that lead to self-empowerment and self-sufficiency. She is currently a director of The Africadian Empowerment Academy Society (formerly, East Preston Empowerment Academy Society) and a member of the board of the Dartmouth General Hospital Foundation.
She is a past Chair of the Board of Governors of Dalhousie University, a past Director and Vice Chair of the Black Business Initiative Society and she co-chaired the successful inaugural capital campaign for the Halifax Central Library.