July 26, 2016
Government Announces Interim CEO for Newfoundland and Labrador Housing
The Honourable Sherry Gambin-Walsh, Minister Responsible for the Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation, today announced that Tom Lawrence has been named Interim Chairperson and Chief Executive Officer of the Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation. The Independent Appointments Commission has been engaged to fill this position and will use the merit-based appointment process.
"Mr. Lawrence brings a strong set of skills and corporate knowledge to the positions of Chairperson and Chief Executive Officer at the Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation. Mr. Lawrence has served in this position previously on an interim basis and I have every confidence that the organization and the people it serves will benefit from his leadership."
- The Honourable Sherry Gambin-Walsh, Minister Responsible for the Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation
Effective July 26, 2016, Mr. Lawrence replaces John Ottenheimer as Chairperson and Chief Executive Officer of the Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation. Mr. Lawrence's bio is enclosed below in the Backgrounder.
"The Provincial Government is committed to bringing greater accountability and transparency for appointments to agencies, boards and commissions. The creation of a merit-based appointment process through the Independent Appointments Commission clears a path for the most qualified person to apply for a position and be considered and selected."
- Minister Gambin-Walsh
Newfoundland and Labrador is the first Canadian province to establish a legislated merit-based appointment process. The Independent Appointments Commission is actively recruiting for a number of positions including Memorial University's Board of Regents, Consumer Advocate, Nalcor's Board of Directors and Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro.
- Mr. Lawrence has been named the Interim Chairperson and Chief Executive Officer of the Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation.
- The Independent Appointments Commission has been engaged to fill this position and will follow the merit-based appointment process.
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Department of Seniors, Wellness and Social Development
Tom Lawrence, a native of Carbonear, has held positions of progressive responsibility since beginning his career with Newfoundland and Labrador Housing in 1981 and has served as Chief Financial Officer since 2004. Mr. Lawrence holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree and a Certified Management Accountant designation and is a past Director of the NL Board of Directors of Internal Auditors. In 2005, he was awarded the Fellow of the Society of Management Accountants of Canada. Mr. Lawrence is a member of the Board of Directors of the Public Service Credit Union; is a long-standing member of the Masonic Fraternity; and served as a member of the National Board of Directors for CMA Canada in 1992-1993. He lives in the Town of Conception Bay South.
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