Executive Council
January 14, 2016

Premier Ball Announces Senior Public Service Appointments

The Honourable Dwight Ball, Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador, announced today six appointments to the senior executive of the Newfoundland and Labrador public service effective January 18, 2016.

"I am very pleased to appoint these individuals to their new roles where they will bring their demonstrated skills, experience and commitment to the public service. I wish them all the best as they embark upon important work that will help move this province forward."
- The Honourable Dwight Ball, Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador

The following individuals have been appointed:

Mark Ploughman is appointed as Chief Executive Officer (Acting) of the Research and Development Corporation Newfoundland and Labrador.

Carla Foote is appointed as Associate Secretary to Cabinet (Communications) with Executive Council.

Tracy King is appointed as Assistant Deputy Minister of the Government Renewal Initiative Secretariat with Executive Council.

Elizabeth Day is appointed as Assistant Secretary to Cabinet (Social Policy) with Executive Council.

Debbie Dunphy is appointed as the Assistant Deputy Minister, Corporate Services (Acting), Department of Advanced Education and Skills.

Fiona Langor is appointed as Assistant Deputy Minister, Strategic and Corporate Services (Acting), Department of Justice and Public Safety.

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Media contact:

Nancy O'Connor
Director of Communications
Office of the Premier


Premier Ball Announces Senior Public Service Appointments


Mark Ploughman
Mark Ploughman is currently the Assistant Deputy Minister (Innovation and Strategic Industries) with the Department of Business, Tourism, Culture and Rural Development. Mr. Ploughman has spent over 25 years in the manufacturing sector. He has extensive experience in quality assurance, operations management, human resource management and new product development. Mr. Ploughman completed both his bachelor's degree in engineering and graduate degree in business administration at Memorial University.

Carla Foote
Carla Foote has served as Director of Communications in the Office of the Official Opposition for three years. She has spent the last 18 years in the communications sector working with public sector, not-for-profit and private industry. Ms. Foote has provided strategic communications advice to a variety of sectors from education and health care to Aboriginal groups, and the oil and gas industry. In addition to studying Political Science at Memorial University, she is a graduate of the Broadcast Communications program at the British Columbia Institute of Technology. Ms. Foote is a former executive member of the Canadian Public Relations Society - Newfoundland and Labrador, and a recipient of Rotary International's Paul Harris Fellowship.

Tracy King
Tracy King began her career with the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador in 2000. Since 2012 she has been the Assistant Secretary to Cabinet (Social Policy). Previous to this position, she worked in the Department of Health and Community Services as Assistant Deputy Minister (Policy and Planning). Ms. King has held a variety of policy-related positions with the Departments of Justice, Fisheries and Aquaculture, Labrador and Aboriginal Affairs, Health and Community Services and the Intergovernmental Affairs Secretariat and Cabinet Secretariat. Ms. King holds a Bachelor of Arts in political science and a certificate in public administration from Memorial University.

Elizabeth Day
Elizabeth Day has been employed with the Newfoundland and Labrador public service for 31 years. She is currently an Assistant Deputy Minister in the Department of Seniors, Wellness and Social Development with responsibility for Seniors and Aging, Poverty Reduction, Disability Policy and Adult Protection. She has held previous executive positions in the Department of Advanced Education and Skills and the Office of Public Engagement. Ms. Day has held director positions within Service NL, and Child, Youth and Family Services and has had progressive leadership responsibilities in the areas of legislative and policy development, program supervision, project management, staff development and training and horizontal government initiatives. She was awarded the title Fellow of the School of Graduate Studies from Memorial University of Newfoundland (April 2000) in recognition of continued academic excellence throughout a graduate program. Ms. Day holds the degrees of Master of Social Work and Bachelor of Social Work from Memorial University and is a registered social worker with the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Social Workers.

Debbie Dunphy
Debbie Dunphy joined the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador in 1997 as a Tax Compliance Officer with the Department of Finance. Since that time, she has held positions in several departments including Executive Council, and Government Services and Lands. In 2005, she accepted the position of Manager of Budgeting with the Department of Justice and Public Safety and subsequently moved into the Departmental Controller's position in 2007. In November 2015, she was appointed Assistant Deputy Minister (Acting) of Strategic and Corporate Services. Ms. Dunphy holds a Diploma in Business Management Accounting from the College of the North Atlantic and is a Chartered Professional Accountant.

Fiona Langor

Fiona Langor has been employed with the Provincial Government since 1994 and has held positions with the former Department of Industry, Trade and Technology, former Department of Business, and Executive Council. Most recently she served as Director of Policy and Strategic Planning with the Department of Justice and Public Safety. Prior to her employment with the Provincial Government, Ms. Langor spent four years with the Faculty of Business at Memorial University. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Co-operative) degree from Memorial University.

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