Director, Policy and Planning
Finance - Deputy Minister's Office
Length of service with the GNWT
9 years indeterminate, 2 years casual
Bachelor of Commerce – Laurentian University
Business Administration diploma – SAIT
Certified General Accountant
What are your job responsibilities?
I lead the department’s planning in the areas of finance, policy, and human resources, as well as coordinating communication, records management and access to information. In addition to these duties, I am the project manager for the Financial Shared Services.
How has the GNWT supported your professional development and advancement?
The Department of Finance has fully supported my professional development by assisting me in the completion of my Certified General Accountant (CGA) designation. It was during this time that the department supported my advancement from Financial Planning & Budget Analyst to Senior Financial Management Board Analyst. Once my CGA was completed, the department provided me with further advancement opportunity as the Director of Financial Services and then on to my current position as Director of Policy and Planning.
How did you end up working with the GNWT?
I grew up in the North. After many casual jobs within the GNWT, I attended SAIT in Calgary and received a business administration diploma. I remained in Calgary for a few years auditing for a Charted Accounting firm, but I began to miss the North. When the Department of Finance hired me, I moved home.
Why do you enjoy working for the GNWT?
The GNWT is an excellent employer. Not only do I have the support and the opportunity for career advancement, I also have a work-life balance that allowed me to start a family while I advanced my career.
What would you recommend to someone applying on a GNWT position?
I would tell them that the GNWT offers challenging career opportunities while allowing employees to maintain a healthy work-life balance.
How do you feel your job makes a difference for Northerners?
Working in a central agency like the Department of Finance means that it can sometimes be a challenge to link my job actions to the public; however, our department is always aiming to ensure that northerners benefit from our work.
What is the best part of your job?
The best part of my job is that I get to meet a wide range of people across the GNWT, the North and Canada.