Karen Gatien

Karen Gatien was appointed Associate Deputy Minister of the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development in July 2015.

Biography

Karen has held a variety of leadership positions since joining the Government of Nova Scotia in 1988. These include positions in the fields of workforce development, public school and early childhood education, adult education, employment services, and policy and planning.

Karen holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of King’s College and a Master of Education from Mount Saint Vincent University. She is a director of both the Teachers’ Pension Plan Trustee Inc. and the Nova Scotia Pension Services Corporation.

Current role

Associate Deputy Minister, Department of Education and Early Childhood Development

The associate deputy minister supports the deputy minister in the overall management of the public education system. Specifically, the associate deputy minister is responsible for oversight of the early learning system, capital planning process, facility management, departmental human resource management, and corporate policy and research functions.

Responsibilities include:

  • overseeing the Nova Scotia Pre-primary Program, early childhood development and workforce planning
  • administering regulated childcare and licensing
  • managing the capital planning process for new school construction, repairs and renovations
  • overseeing corporate policy, planning, research, analytics and information management
  • overseeing teacher certification

Previous roles

  • Executive Director, Strategic Policy and Research, Department of Education and Early Childhood Development
  • Director, Employment Nova Scotia, Department of Labour and Advanced Education
  • Director, Adult Education, Department of Labour and Advanced Education
  • Manager of Community Learning, Adult Education, Department of Labour and Advanced Education