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In May 2015, Paul Ledwell was appointed Deputy Minister of Policy and Priorities and became the chief policy advisor to Premier Wade MacLauchlan. This new role combined the positions of Principal Secretary and Deputy Minister of Intergovernmental and Public Affairs. On June 20, 2016, Mr. Ledwell’s responsibilities were extended, becoming the Clerk of Executive Council and Secretary to Cabinet. In this capacity, Paul provides leadership to the public service in implementing key policies in the government’s mandate with a focus on people, prosperity and engagement. Working closely with the senior management team, Mr. Ledwell is taking a collaborative approach to moving forward the Government’s priorities, including job creation, growing the economy and the population, effective family and human services, stewardship of land and environment, and healthcare.
Mr. Ledwell is a seasoned leader, with 25 years of senior-level experience in public policy, government affairs, strategic communications and research, including extensive work with partners in government, private and voluntary sectors, and the media. Throughout his career, Paul has established an extensive network of leaders in all sectors, with whom he collaborates regularly.
Prior to returning to Prince Edward Island for his current role, Mr. Ledwell served as Vice-President, Government Clients, with Morneau Shepell, Canada’s leading provider of integrated human capital solutions. Between 2009 and 2014, he served as Executive Vice-President at Canada’s Public Policy Forum, where he led the Forum’s work on innovation, public governance and the economy and contributed to thought leadership in public finance, human capital, health and trade files.
Previously, he served as President of the Canadian-based think tank The Institute on Governance, as Director of Government Relations and Communications at the University of Ottawa, and as Executive Director of the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences.
Paul has led major national initiatives, including the National Summit on Pension Reform, the National Dialogue on Higher Education, the National Consortium for Research and the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences. He has been a regular commentator in the media and an invited speaker to conferences in Canada and around the world. Internationally, he has been engaged on issues related to democratic development and governance in Asia and the Middle East, and on innovation and higher education policy in the United States and Europe. He has contributed, in a volunteer capacity, to many national organizations and currently contributes his time with several national and international organizations.
A native of Prince Edward Island, Paul and his wife Shelia are thrilled to be back on PEI after 23 years in Ottawa and Toronto.