VICTORIA – Premier Christy Clark today announced upcoming changes to key
positions in the BC Public Service:
After 27 years of serving the Province, John Dyble, deputy minister to
the Premier, cabinet secretary and head of the public service, will
retire effective March 24, 2016.
Dyble’s public service career started in Smithers in 1980, as an
engineering student on a survey crew. Nine years later, after working as
a consulting engineer in the developing world, Dyble formally joined the
BC Public Service. Establishing himself as a leader on major B.C.
infrastructure projects, Dyble rose to become deputy minister of
transportation and infrastructure. He was deputy minister of health,
responsible for developing and delivering government’s health innovation
agenda, when appointed deputy minister to Premier Clark in 2011.
During his five year tenure as lead deputy, Dyble helped manage and
deliver key government priorities such as successive balanced budgets,
the BC Jobs Plan, Crown corporation reviews and long-term labour
agreements. As head of the public service, Dyble has worked to build a
strong corporate executive and maintain the BC Public Service as one of
Canada’s top employers.
“John’s work, over a remarkable career, has literally spanned and helped
to build our province,” said Premier Clark. “I thank John for what he has
accomplished for British Columbia, and I am honoured to have had him as
my partner in the public service for the past five years. He leaves the
BC Public Service in excellent hands.”
Kim Henderson, currently deputy minister of finance and secretary to
treasury board, will become deputy minister to the Premier, cabinet
secretary and head of the public service effective March 25, 2016.
Henderson joined the BC Public Service in 1996. Before her appointment to
the Ministry of Finance, Henderson was deputy minister of corporate
initiatives (Office of the Premier) where she provided leadership on
numerous cross-ministry files and served as the public service lead for
the government’s Core Review initiative. Previously, Henderson served as
deputy minister of labour and deputy minister of citizens’ services and
open government (now the Ministry of Technology and Citizen Services)
leading the development of B.C.’s open government strategy which won the
IPAC/Deloitte Public Sector Leadership Award. Henderson holds a master’s
degree in public administration from the University of Victoria.
Athana Mentzelopoulos, currently deputy minister of jobs, tourism, and
skills training and ministry responsible for labour (JTST), will become
deputy minister of finance and secretary to treasury board effective
March 25, 2016.
Mentzelopoulos first joined the BC Public Service in 2004, serving as
deputy minister responsible for intergovernmental relations, public
affairs and board resourcing and development (BRDO) until 2009. After
serving as director general of consumer product safety for the government
of Canada, she rejoined the BC Public Service in 2011 as deputy minister
of strategic priorities (Office of the Premier), followed by deputy
minister for government communications and public engagement (including
responsibility for intergovernmental relations and BRDO).
Mentzelopoulos was appointed deputy minister of JTST in 2014, responsible
for developing government’s economic development policy. She holds a
master of arts degree from the University of Victoria.