One of the highest-ranking public servants in the federal agriculture department is leaving Ottawa to become Ontario’s Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs.
Greg Meredith has worked for the federal government for more than 30 years, serving as Assistant Deputy Minister (ADM), Strategic Policy with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada since 2010. He was previously ADM, Farm Financial Programs and ADM, Communications and Consultations for Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. Meredith has also worked in Correctional Services, Global Affairs and Industry Canada.
“Please join me in congratulating and welcoming Greg to the Ontario Public Service and the Deputy Ministers’ Council,” says Steve Orsini, Ontario’s Secretary of Cabinet and head of province’s public service in a letter dated December 8.
Meredith will replace Deb Stark, who stepped down as of November 30.
His first day will be January 9, 2017. Deb Sikora has assumed the title of Interim Deputy Minister in the meantime.