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Deputy Minister, Highways and Public Works

Yukon Government

Whitehorse, YT, Territories

Bring Strategic Thinking

Manage Capital Projects

Drive Connectivity

Yukon, with a land area larger than California, is home to only 38,000 residents.

Today, the Government of the Yukon has many, but not all, of the powers of a province. The legislative assembly has 19 members and 14 departments including: finance, justice, education, health and social services, community services, and energy, mines and resources. There are over 4,000 people working for the Government and its agencies.

With strong resource, technology, services and tourism sectors, a significant infrastructure program unfolding and a strong arts, culture and sports community Yukon is a vibrant territory. It is a territory that is connected to the rest of Canada with daily scheduled airline service from gateway cities that include Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary and Kelowna through carriers that include WestJet, Air Canada and Yukon’s own Air North.

The recruitment of a Deputy Minister, Highways and Public Works for this progressive territory is critical as the successful candidate will play an important role in ensuring the government has the infrastructure to deliver on the mandate and Yukoners are connected through technology and transportation. Having a Deputy Minister who thinks systemically about the development of processes and systems to effectively plan and manage capital budgets, enhance discipline in project management, advance procurement policies, improve asset management and build a strategic IT roadmap will be critical to good government and a prosperous territory.

The ideal candidate is an accomplished senior operational executive with experience as a Deputy Minster or Assistant Deputy Minister in a ministry of transportation/highways or public works or a complex ministry with a large capital budget or an executive within a complex, public sector organization with parallels to highways and public works. He/she understands the demands of management/treasury board and has gained a deep understanding of project management, procurement and systems.

Their ability to provide strategic advice and counsel and work collaboratively with colleagues in the development and implementation of strategies that support the achievement of government objectives, while maintaining the highest level of integrity in capital project planning and management, has earned them the respect with both bureaucrats and politicians. Their ability to lead system and process changes and create a strong performance management culture within their ministry/organization has ensured financial and operational objectives have been met.

This is an opportunity that will allow a strategic leader with a capital intensive portfolio to have a major impact in a government that is committed to driving the health and well being of the territory.

For more information please contact Catherine Van Alstine or Nancy Payne in our Vancouver office at 604-685-0261. To be considered for this opportunity, please send your resume and related information to (please indicate “Yukon Government/Deputy Minister, Highways and Public Works” in the subject line).