Change in senior management team announced

Changes were announced today to the senior management team of government.

Mark Spidel has been named Deputy Minister of Family and Human Services. 

Prior to this appointment, Mr. Spidel served as Director of Social Programs for Family and Human Services. In this role, he provided leadership on the transformation of the Social Assistance Program and the Disability Supports Program, and the Poverty Reduction Plan. Previously, he worked for 15 years in the health field in both Prince and Kings counties, including in the role as Chief Information Officer for Health PEI. 

Mr. Spidel has extensive knowledge and experience in nutrition and food security, having earned a Master of Science in Nutrition and Metabolism and he has developed curriculum and facilitated educational workshops for dietitians. Mr. Spidel fills the deputy position that was vacated when former deputy Craig Dalton accepted the federal appointment as Veterans’ Ombudsman. Acting Deputy Minister Deborah Bradley provided valuable interim leadership while a permanent deputy was confirmed. 

Mary Lynn Kane, Queens’ Counsel, has been named Deputy Minister of Communities, Land and Environment. Prior to this appointment, Ms. Kane led a 31-year law career, with 15 years as managing partner of the Prince Edward Island office of Cox and Palmer. She was admitted to the bar in Prince Edward Island in 1988 after receiving a Bachelor of Laws from Dalhousie University, and has been recognized as a leading lawyer by national organizations. Ms. Kane has extensive professional leadership experience and community involvement in business, health, and women’s organizations, including serving as past-deputy chair of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Capital Campaign. 

Current Deputy Minister Michele Dorsey has accepted a position within Executive Council as a special advisor on social policy.

Brad Colwill has been confirmed as the Deputy Minister of Workforce and Advanced Learning. Mr. Colwill has been serving as acting deputy minister and during his time has overseen a number of significant initiatives related to job creation, the creation of the Youth Futures Council, and historic supports in financial aid for post-secondary students. Mr. Colwill received his Chartered Accountant designation and began his career in public service with Innovation PEI in 2009. He is a graduate of University of Prince Edward Island, where he also assumed a teaching role in the Faculty of Business as a Sessional Lecturer. He has been actively involved in higher education in Prince Edward Island, serving as past member of Holland College Board of Governors, College de l’ile Board of Directors, and the Maritime Provinces Higher Education Commission. 

“Islanders rely on a professional public service to advance their priorities and move our province forward. Prince Edward Island is fortunate to have dedicated public servants working throughout our province,” Premier Wade MacLauchlan said. “The senior leadership team will ensure that government’s work advances the lives of all Islanders.” 

Mary Moszynski

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