Premier Ball Announces Senior Public Service Appointments
June 24, 2016
The Honourable Dwight Ball, Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador, announced today two appointments to the senior executive of the Newfoundland and Labrador public service effective June 28, 2016.
“I wish both of these senior public servants the very best in their new roles. I am confident that they bring experience, skills and a wealth of knowledge which will serve both organizations well in the future.”
– The Honourable Dwight Ball, Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador
The following individuals have been appointed:
Geoff Williams is appointed as Deputy Minister of the Human Resources Secretariat within Executive Council and Deputy Secretary to Treasury Board.
Bruce Cooper is appointed as the Chief Executive Officer of the Labour Relations Agency.
Biographical information is contained in the attached Backgrounder.
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Premier Ball Announces Senior Public Service AppointmentsBiographies
Geoff Williams was appointed as the Chief Executive Officer of the Labour Relations Agency in October 2015. Previously he served as the Deputy Minister of the Human Resource Secretariat commencing in May 2013. Mr. Williams was appointed as Assistant Deputy Minister (Labour Relations) with the Public Service Secretariat in April 2009. Prior to this, Mr. Williams was the Director of Collective Bargaining with the Public Service Secretariat, a position he held since September 2005. From June 1998 to September 2005, Mr. Williams held various progressively responsible employee relations positions within the health system. Mr. Williams also lectures employee relations courses part-time at Memorial University’s Faculty of Business Administration. Mr. Williams is a graduate of Memorial University’s multi-disciplinary Master of Employment Relations Program and the Bachelor of Commerce Program. He has also completed additional training related to human resources.
Bruce Cooper started his career with the public service in 1990 and has been in senior leadership positions in the public and non-profit sectors for over 20 years. He has served as Assistant Deputy Minister (Policy and Planning) with the Labour Relations Agency, Assistant Deputy Minister in the Department of Child, Youth and Family Services, Assistant Secretary to Cabinet (Social Policy), and Assistant Deputy Minister of Health and Community Services (Policy and Planning). Mr. Cooper has also served as Deputy Minister of Health and Community Services and Deputy Minister of the Human Resources Secretariat within Executive Council and Deputy Secretary to Treasury Board. He is a former Executive Director and Registrar of the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Social Workers, Sessional Lecturer at Memorial University and Assistant Executive Director of Health and Community Services – St. John’s Region. Mr. Cooper holds bachelor and masters degrees of social work from Memorial University and has engaged in a variety of continuing education efforts including training in Labour Relations through Queens University. Over his career, Mr. Cooper has been involved as a volunteer in the governance of a variety of voluntary and not for profit organizations.