Catherine Blewett joined the Ocean Frontier Institute (OFI) as its first Chief Strategic Engagement Officer on September 9, 2020 after a long and distinguished career in the provincial and federal public service.
Ms. Blewett brings a broad national perspective to her work, having grown up in Canadas North (Inuvik and Yellowknife). She then pursued university, raised her family, and began her career in Nova Scotia before working in Ottawa for over four years.
Prior to joining OFI, Ms. Blewett was the Deputy Clerk of the Privy Council and Associate Secretary to the Cabinet from January 2019 to September 2020. During her time at the Privy Council Office, she also served as the Prime Ministers Sherpa, representing Canada on the High Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy.
Ms. Blewett has nearly 30 years of experience in public service, beginning in 1990 with the Departments of Finance and Intergovernmental Affairs in Nova Scotia. In 2001, Ms. Blewett joined the federal public service, serving with the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency and Citizenship and Immigration Canada.
In 2011, she returned to the Province of Nova Scotia as Deputy Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs and as Chief Executive Officer of the Office of Aboriginal Affairs. She subsequently held the portfolios of CEO for the Office of Immigration, Deputy Minister of Communications, Nova Scotia, and Deputy Minister to the Office of the Premier.
Ms. Blewett returned to the federal government in June 2016 as the Deputy Minister of Fisheries and Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, after serving as Clerk of the Executive Council and Secretary to Cabinet in Nova Scotia, the most senior non-political official in the Government of Nova Scotia. She was the head of the public service, responsible for the overall policy, management, and human resource leadership in the province.
Ms. Blewett holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) and a Masters degree in Public Administration from Dalhousie University.