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NEWS: Nunavut June 24, 2016 - 3:05 pm

Chris D’Arcy becomes Nunavut government’s head bureaucrat

Bruno Pereira, professional engineer from Ontario, becomes new permanent president of QEC

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Chris D'Arcy will move up from his current job as deputy minister of Finance. As of July 29, he becomes deputy minister of Executive and Intergovernmental Affairs. (FILE PHOTO)
Chris D'Arcy will move up from his current job as deputy minister of Finance. As of July 29, he becomes deputy minister of Executive and Intergovernmental Affairs. (FILE PHOTO)

Chris D’Arcy, now serving as the Government of Nunavut’s deputy minister of Finance, will become the GN’s top administrative boss as of July 29, Nunavut Premier Peter Taptuna announced June 24.

D’Arcy, who has headed the Department of Finance since June 13, 2011, will become deputy minister of the Department of Executive and Intergovernmental Affairs.

That’s the highest unelected job within the GN. All other deputy ministers and senior managers will report to the premier though him.

D’Arcy’s other job titles are Cabinet Secretary and Secretary to the Senior Personnel Secretariat.

At the same time, David Akeeagok, who as served as deputy minister at EIA since December 2013, will return to his old job as deputy minister of Environment, a decision he held prior to his promotion to EIA.

The DM’s job at the environment department opened up this past April with the abrupt resignation of Gabriel Nirlungayuk.

Jeffrey Chown, who now serves as comptroller general, will become deputy minister of Finance.

Simon Awa, who filled the vacated deputy minister job at the Department of Environment following Nirlungayuk’s resignation, will go back to his former position as chief devolution negotiator.

And Alma Power, the assistant comptroller general, will become acting comptroller general, Taptuna’s announcement said.

As for the Qulliq Energy Corp.,which hasn’t seen a permanent full-time boss since GN dumped Peter Mackey in November 2013, will get a new president.

He’s Bruno Pereira, a professional engineer from Ontario, Taptuna said.

“Mr. Pereira is a professional engineer with a master of business administration, and comes to the position with over 25 years of experience in Ontario’s energy sector,” Taptuna’s statement said.

Pereira, who was hired following a national job competition, starts July 5.

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