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Message from the CAO: Celebrating Excellence Quarterly Newsletter

As you begin to settle back into the busy personal and professional routines that September brings, I want to take this opportunity and provide you with an overview of the significant organizational changes that have occurred during the spring and summer months.

At the senior leadership level, Jerry Blackwood was appointed to the position of Chief Financial Officer/Executive Director of Finance & Asset Management (FAM); Caroline Blair-Smith’s portfolio expanded to Executive Director of People, Communications & IT (PCIT), a new business unit comprised of Human Resources, Corporate Communications and IT; and David Thorpe joined the IT team as Chief Information Officer. Earlier this week, I was pleased to announce that John MacPherson accepted the position of Executive Director, Corporate & Customer Services, after acting in this role for the past several months.

At the business unit level, the Real Estate team has moved to Corporate & Customer Services, and Performance Excellence now reports to Corporate Planning. For the latest business unit charts and contact information, visit the Municipal Organizational Chart.

Now that many of us have returned to our regular worksites, you’ve likely noticed that some business units and divisions have relocated. Check out this interactive map to help guide you around municipal offices located in downtown Halifax and Dartmouth.

September 30 marks the inaugural National Day for Truth and Reconciliation | Mui’watmnej na’kwek wjit Ketlewey aqq Apiksiktatimk. Stay tuned to the Employee Hub for information on how you and your team can recognize this and other upcoming dates of significance, including Treaty Day (October 1), Mi’kmaq History Month, and National Disability Employment Awareness Month (both commemorated in October).

As we begin to safely live with COVID-19, I hope you are allowing yourselves and others the space to ease into this unfamiliar reality.

Stay safe and be well,

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