Kelliann Dean

Kelliann Dean was appointed Deputy Minister of Department of Municipal Affairs and Deputy Minister of Department of Intergovernmental Affairs in June 2016.


Kelliann is the Government of Nova Scotia’s longest serving deputy minister. Before being appointed Deputy Minister of Municipal Affairs and Deputy Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, she served in a number of senior roles, including Deputy Minister of Tourism, Culture and Heritage, Public Service Commissioner and Vice President of Business Development for Nova Scotia Business Inc.

Before joining government, Kelliann worked for 13 years at the Business Development Bank of Canada. Kelliann holds a Bachelor of Public Relations from Mount Saint Vincent University and a Master of Business Administration from Saint Mary’s University.


The Deputy Minister of Municipal Affairs provides strategic and operational direction to guide the department, carries out government policies and implements decisions made by the minister. The Deputy Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs coordinates and develops the overall intergovernmental strategy of the Government of Nova Scotia.


  • leading the department and advancing its mandate
  • ensuring the department is aligned with government priorities
  • providing strategic advice to the minister and the Government of Nova Scotia
  • meeting budget targets

Previous roles

  • Deputy Minister, Communities, Culture and Heritage
  • Public Service Commissioner
  • Deputy Minister, Tourism, Culture and Heritage
  • Vice President of Business Development, Nova Scotia Business Inc.