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Policy school appoints former deputy minister and current executive-in-residence as interim director of its USask campus

The Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy (JSGS) and the University of Saskatchewan (USask) are pleased to appoint Alastair MacFadden as the interim director of the school’s USask campus, effective July 1, 2021. MacFadden will serve in this capacity for a one-year term, as the campus’ previous director, Dr. Murray Fulton (PhD), goes on administrative leave.

The Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy (JSGS) and the University of Saskatchewan (USask) are pleased to appoint Alastair MacFadden as the interim director of the school’s USask campus, effective July 1, 2021. MacFadden will serve in this capacity for a one-year term, as the campus’ previous director, Dr. Murray Fulton (PhD), goes on administrative leave.

“We are delighted to have Alastair join us in this new role,” said Dr. Loleen Berdahl (PhD), JSGS executive director. “Alastair’s background and his passion for career development fit exceptionally well with a school that equips professionals to think strategically, work collaboratively, and mobilize change in Indigenous and non-Indigenous governments, nonprofits and cooperatives.”

Since joining the school in June 2020, MacFadden has been actively involved in teaching. His work in the school’s academic and executive education programs has included graduate courses, professional development workshops, and the Excellence in Healthcare Leadership program for health providers and administrators from across Canada. A USask alumnus, MacFadden is excited to return to his alma mater.

“The past year has shown just how much our society relies on an innovative and responsive public service,” said MacFadden. . “JSGS plays an integral role in providing pragmatic research, and in ensuring that our graduates and current public sector employees have the knowledge and skills needed to plan for and respond to a wide range of social, economic, environmental and demographic challenges as they arise. I am excited to build on the efforts of Dr. Fulton and to work alongside a fantastic team to unlock the full potential of our research, programs, and people.”

MacFadden previously served as the Deputy Minister of Immigration and Career Training (2018-2020) and Assistant Deputy Minister of Labour Market Development (2013-18) for the Government of Saskatchewan. As part of his prior responsibilities, he was known for data leadership, strategic planning and collaborating with other governments, ministries, post-secondaries, First Nations and Metis organizations, employers and unions to build the workforce. His time as a senior official saw Saskatchewan rank among the top-performing labour markets for employers and under-represented groups in Canada.

“Alastair’s appointment opens new possibilities for the JSGS,” says Fulton. “Our students and our research will benefit greatly from his experience and commitment to excellence.”

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