February 23, 2005
Senior executive appointments made
Premier Danny Williams today announced two new
senior executive appointments, as well as other changes within the senior ranks
of the public service.
Dennis Hogan has been appointed assistant deputy minister (Innovation, Research
and Advanced Technologies) in the Department of Innovation, Trade and Rural
Development, effective February 28.
"Mr. Hogan brings strong well-matched professional credentials to this very
challenging position," Premier Williams said. "He will take the lead role in
developing the provincial innovation strategy for economic development that we
announced last month."
Mr. Hogan will oversee the government’s activities in promoting the development
and application of innovation and advanced technologies in the province,
including marine technology, defence and aerospace, biotechnology, environmental
technology, and information and communications technology. He will also advise
the minister and deputy minister on policy development matters that will
accelerate innovation in Newfoundland and Labrador.
Premier Williams also announced the appointment of Leonard (Len) Simms as
chairperson and chief executive officer, Newfoundland and Labrador Housing
Corporation. "Mr. Simms’ distinguished and varied career in public life has
served the public well. I am very pleased that he has accepted this position
where he can continue to demonstrate his strong leadership skills in an official
capacity in an area that is so vital to our social policy agenda," said Premier
In addition to these new appointments, the Premier announced other senior
Robert Smart, currently deputy minister of Municipal and Provincial Affairs, has
been appointed deputy minister of Transportation and Works, effective today. Don
Osmond, currently deputy minister of Transportation and Works, becomes deputy
minister of Municipal and Provincial Affairs, also effective today.
"I appreciate the strong contribution Mr. Smart and Mr. Osmond have made in
their former positions, and look forward to their continued leadership roles in
their new departments," the Premier said.
Premier Williams also confirmed the appointments of Chris Kieley as assistant
deputy minister (Energy Resources Management), Department of Natural Resources,
and Chris Curran as assistant deputy minister (Civil Law and Related Services),
Department of Justice. Both had been appointed to those positions earlier in an
acting capacity. Brenda Caul, assistant secretary (Budgeting), Treasury Board
Secretariat, will oversee Treasury Board responsibilities in the 2005-06
Elizabeth Matthews, Office of the Premier, (709) 729-3960, 690-5500,
Dennis Hogan brings to the provincial government considerable experience in
industry development and building partnerships in the advanced technology
sector. Most recently he served as executive director of Oceans Advance. A
strong advocate for the development and promotion of local marine technology
capability, he has worked closely with industry associations, research and
development institutions, and municipal, provincial, and federal governments to
ensure that Newfoundland and Labrador has significant access to global
technology markets. He has had responsibility for establishing an effective
community integration approach to cluster development with the private sector
and organizations such as the National Research Council’s Industrial Research
Assistance Program and Institute for Ocean Technology, CCMC, Newfoundland and
Labrador Association of Technology Industries, C-CORE, Memorial University of
Newfoundland, and the Marine Institute. Mr. Hogan was the founding CEO and
general manager of the Newfoundland and Labrador Construction Safety
Association, and former employers’ advisor for the Newfoundland and Labrador
Employers’ Council. In 2003 he was appointed chairperson of the provincial
Advisory Council on Occupational Health and Safety. A graduate of Memorial
University of Newfoundland in economics and business, he was named one of the
Top 50 CEOs in Atlantic Canada for 2001 by Atlantic Business Magazine.
Leonard (Len) Simms, a native of Howley on the province’s West Coast, was raised
in Corner Brook and is a long time resident of Grand Falls-Windsor. Mr. Simms
has had a long and distinguished career in public service. He was the MHA for
Grand Falls for 16 years and served as provincial cabinet minister in the
portfolios of Culture, Recreation and Youth, Forest Resources and Lands,
President of Treasury Board and President of Executive Council. He has recently
served as president of Future First Inc. and Len Simms and Associates Inc. Mr.
Simms has an extensive background in serving with community groups such as past
national president of the Kinsmen Clubs of Canada and a member of the Exploits
Board of the Children's Wish Foundation.
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