Executive Council
Natural Resources
December 6, 2016

Premier Appoints Gordon McIntosh as Deputy Minister of the Department of Natural Resources

Today, the Honourable Dwight Ball, Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador, together with the Honourable Siobhan Coady, Minister of Natural Resources, announced that Gordon McIntosh has been appointed to the role of Deputy Minister with the Department of Natural Resources.

“We are very pleased that Mr. McIntosh has accepted the position of Deputy Minister with the Department of Natural Resources. His extensive career has included roles with several international organizations including the World Energy Cities Partnership and the Aberdeen Renewable Energy Group. His considerable experience in international energy markets will contribute greatly to the work of the department and of government. We are fortunate to have him join the team.”
- The Honourable Dwight Ball, Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador

Mr. McIntosh's career has spanned over 30 years in the international oil and gas industry in Scotland, the United Kingdom, South East Asia, East Africa and South America. He is credited with setting the stage for the flourishing offshore industry in East Africa through his vast understanding and experience as a stalwart supporter and staunch advocate. His work with the North East Scotland Development Authority was the kick start for diversification of Scotland’s oil and gas industry in the North Sea. For over 20 years Mr. McIntosh was Director of Economic Development with Aberdeen City Council with responsibility for the energy industry before retiring in August 2016.

“Mr. McIntosh brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the Department of Natural Resources. His expertise in spearheading the turn-around of the offshore industry in the North Sea is world-renowned and led to considerable benefit for the United Kingdom. He is well versed in the opportunities and challenges which exist in the Newfoundland and Labrador offshore and we are honoured to have someone of his skill and prowess in the department to further enhance the work already being undertaken by our dedicated public servants.”
- The Honourable Siobhan Coady, Minister of Natural Resources

Mr. McIntosh’s biography is included in the backgrounder below.

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Media contacts:

Michelle Cannizzaro
Director of Communications
Office of the Premier
Diana Quinton
Director of Communications
Department of Natural Resources
709-729-5282, 631-8155


Biography of Gordon McIntosh
Gordon McIntosh studied and graduated from both Glasgow and Aberdeen Universities and is also currently a visiting professor at the Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen. Mr. McIntosh started his working career with Thomson McLintock (now KPMG) where he was an Insolvency Manager. In 1984, as Assistant Director, Mr. McIntosh joined NESDA (North East Scotland Development Authority) which had been set up to promote the development of the young oil and gas industry there.

In 1995 he was appointed Director of Economic Development by Aberdeen City Council. He was a Director of the Council for over 20 years with a particular responsibility for the energy industry. Most recently Mr. McIntosh has been working for the UK government in key international energy markets in South East Asia, East Africa, and South America with a particular focus in helping governments plan for the development of the energy industry in their jurisdictions.

Over his career Mr. McIntosh has held many positions in external national and international organizations including being Secretary General of the World Energy Cities Partnership, a Director of Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre, a Director of the Aberdeen Renewable Energy Group and Chairman of the Scottish Local Authority Economic Development Association.

Over the past 30 years he has spoken extensively at energy conferences around the world including in St John’s. Mr. McIntosh first visited Newfoundland and Labrador in 1990 and has been a regular visitor to the province and wider East Coast Canada throughout the period.

Mr. McIntosh will be joined in St John’s by his wife Amanda who currently works for an oil and gas operator in Aberdeen.

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