Deputy Minister John MacQuarrie retiring from public service

John MacQuarrie, Deputy Minister of Transportation, Infrastructure and Energy, is retiring from public service following a long and distinguished career.

Premier Wade MacLauchlan recognized MacQuarrie’s contributions to Prince Edward Island and the significant advancements achieved under his leadership.
“Our province experienced significant changes and progress during John’s time in the public service, and his dedication to our province helped shape much of that work,” said the Premier. “I thank John for his many contributions, wish him all the best in his future endeavours and trust that he will continue to serve Islanders well in any new opportunities he pursues.”

MacQuarrie worked with the provincial civil service for 34 years, including 16 years as a deputy minister. He is retiring from the public service to pursue new opportunities in the private sector effective June 30.

Darren Chaisson has accepted the position as Acting Deputy Minister. With nearly 20 years of experience in the department, Chaisson has a keen understanding of the importance Islanders place on safe and strategic infrastructure, including roads, community water and wastewater systems, and clean energy. Islanders would recognize him in his most recent role as the Director of Highway Maintenance as he provided regular updates to the public on efforts to keep roads clear and safe during the stormy winter months.

Darren Chaisson holds a BScE in Civil Engineering from the University of New Brunswick as well as an Engineering Diploma from the University of Prince Edward Island.   He is also a member of the Association of Professional Engineers of PEI.

Mr. Chaisson has worked in various roles with the Department of Transportation, Infrastructure and Energy since 1999 in both the Capital Projects and Highway Maintenance Divisions.  Most recently he worked as the Director of Highway Maintenance.

He lives in Waterside with his wife and two children.

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