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Honourable Karen Casey


Byron Rafuse

Deputy Minister

Byron Rafuse, Controller

Byron Rafuse has been appointed Deputy Minister of Finance and Treasury Board, effective June 6, 2016. Prior to that Mr. Rafuse held the position of Associate Deputy Minister of Finance since March, 2010. He had originally joined the department as Controller in September 2004.

Byron has extensive government experience, with 32 years spent working for the Province of Nova Scotia.
Prior to joining the Department of Finance and Treasury Board, Byron spent several years in various senior financial and program positions at the Department of Solicitor General, the Department of Justice and the Department of Finance and Treasury Board. He was also appointed to the position of chief financial officer with the Department of Health.

He currently serves on the boards of Canada Games Centre, Teachers Pension Plan, Superannuation Pension Plan.
Byron holds a bachelor of commerce degree from St. Mary's University, and holds his Certified Management Accountant designation.

Originally from New Ross, Nova Scotia, Byron lives in Halifax and is the proud father of daughter, Lucy.

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Geoff Gatien

Associate Deputy Minister and Controller

Appointed to the position of Associate Deputy Minister and Controller effective June 6, 2016.  Geoff has been the Controller of Nova Scotia since January 2014 and prior to this he had worked in various financial reporting positions with the Department of Finance and Treasury Board. 

He joined the Province in January 2004.  Prior to entering the public sector he worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP for nine years.

In addition to being the Associate Deputy Minister and Controller of Nova Scotia, he holds various other director and officer positions with provincially controlled entities, is a trustee of the Nova Scotia Public Service Long-Term Disability Plan Trust Fund, and serves on the Public Sector Accounting Board’s Public Sector Accounting Discussion Group.

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Denise Dickson
Executive Secretary to the Minister
Tel: 902-424-5720

Alison MacIsaac
Executive Secretary to the Deputy Minister
Tel: 902-424-5553

Secretary to the Associate Deputy Minister & Controller
Tel: 902-424-4168

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