Office of the Deputy Minister

Duff Montgomerie Biography

Duff Montgomerie - LAE Deputy Minister Duff Montgomerie was appointed Deputy Minister of the Nova Scotia Department of Labour and Advanced Education on April 28, 2014. Prior to this appointment, Mr. Montgomerie was the Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and chaired the Forestry Transition Committee.

From 2007-2011, Mr. Montgomerie served as the Deputy Minister of the former Health Promotion and Protection. He 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.

Contact the Office of the Deputy Minister

Mailing Address:
3rd Floor, 1505 Barrington Street
PO Box 697
Halifax, Nova Scotia
B3L 3K5

Deputy Minister:

Duff Montgomerie
Phone: 902-424-4148

Associate Deputy Minister:

Ava Czapalay
Labour and Advanced Education
Phone: 902-424-0011

Executive Secretary:

Charlene Rice
Phone: 902-424-4148


Cheryl Robar
Phone: 902-424-6395

Director of Communications:

Penny McCormick
Phone: 902-424-3742