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In May 2015, Paul Ledwell was appointed Deputy Minister of Policy and Priorities, a role that 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. Following the 2019 provincial election, Premier Dennis King reappointed Paul as the Clerk of Executive Council and Secretary to Cabinet and Deputy Minister of Policy and Priorities. In this capacity, Paul provides leadership to the public service in implementing key policies in the government’s mandate with a focus on people, communities, wellness and environment. 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.