Rosalind C. (Hale) Penfound was born in Pictou County and attended Stellarton Schools. She attended Dalhousie University, receiving degrees in Physical Education (1974) and Law (1977). She briefly practiced law and then worked in the private sector before joining the Land Registration and Information Service, Council of Maritime Premiers where she worked as a solicitor between 1981 and 1989. Rosalind became the first full time Executive Director of the Association of Nova Scotia Land Surveyors in 1989.
In 1992 Rosalind joined the Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources, where as Director, Land Resources and Executive Director, Land Services, she was involved in a wide variety of public and private land management and resource issues. In February of 2004 she was appointed Assistant Deputy Minister and Acting Deputy Minister, Nova Scotia Environment and Labour. On June 21, 2004, she became Deputy Minister, Agriculture and Fisheries, and in the spring of 2006 became the Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Chief Executive Officer of Nova Scotia Fisheries and Aquaculture. Rosalind then held portfolios as a member of government’s senior public service executive team: Commissioner, Nova Scotia Public Service Commission, Deputy Minister of Immigration, Deputy Minister of Seniors and Deputy Minister responsible for the Advisory Council on the Status of Women. In January of 2010 Rosalind was appointed Deputy Minister of Education and in June of 2012 became the Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Deputy Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture.
Rosalind was a member of the part-time faculty of Dalhousie Law School for 19 years.
Rosalind resides in Dartmouth with her husband, Mark, and they have two grown children, Kate and Will. She enjoys outdoor activities including running and golf, and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Cancer Society, Nova Scotia Division.
Contact: (902) 424-0301