Sandra Cascadden

Sandra Cascadden was appointed CIO and Associate Deputy Minister of the Office of the Chief Information Officer in 2013. When the Department of Internal Services was created in April 2014, Sandra moved to the new department with the same roles.


Sandra started working with the Government of Nova Scotia in 2006 as the Chief Health Information Officer with the Department of Health and Wellness.

Before joining the Government of Nova Scotia, Sandra worked in a crown corporation (CBC), a small entrepreneurial company (Tecknowledge Healthcare), private organizations (MT&T and Aliant) and in the health care system (Capital District Health Authority).

Sandra holds Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Engineering from Dalhousie University.


The associate deputy minister manages the department’s day-to-day operations. The CIO oversees the government’s information technology systems and data network.

The role is also responsible for building new shared services that support the future needs of the department’s clients and the government, while ensuring continued support of existing (legacy) technical systems. Through shared services, the department looks at how services are delivered, who services are delivered to, digital options for citizens and businesses, and creating partnerships and sustainable solutions.


  • overseeing the leadership and strategic direction of the department
  • assisting in the advancement of the department’s mandate
  • providing strategic advice to the minister and government
  • developing and implementing corporate information strategies
  • managing infrastructure services
  • SAP management
  • overseeing information access and privacy services

Previous roles

  • Chief Health Information Officer, Department of Health and Wellness
  • Director IT and TELCOM, Capital District Health Authority
  • Manager IT, Bell Aliant
  • VP Operations, TecKnowledge