SPS announces new Amethyst Fellow
The School of Policy Studies and the Ontario Public Service (OPS) have approved the 2008-2009 OPS Amethyst Fellow for the School of Policy Studies.
The successful candidate is Jim Smith, Assistant Deputy Minister, Information Management at the Ministry of the Environment.
Jim has a B.Sc. Chem. Eng., from Queen's, an MBA from the University of Toronto, and nearly 30 years of experience with the OPS. He started as a program scientist in the area of air contaminants and moved through a series of progressive management positions, which included the management of hazardous contaminants and pesticides, development of environmental standards, the development of policies and programs for pollution prevention, and the establishment of intergovernmental and public-private sector agreements related to toxics.
In 2003 he was appointed as the ADM of the Drinking Water Management Division and Chief Drinking Water Inspector for the province. In that role, he was responsible for establishing a division of nearly 300 staff to develop strategies, policies and programs that implement many of the 121 recommendations from the Walkerton Inquiry. In 2008, he was given responsibility for providing advice and developing a strategy for information management for the Ministry of the Environment on current and future government mandates.
He will begin the Amethyst Fellowship September 2, 2008. Faculty and course instructors are encouraged to invite Jim to participate in their classes in ways that allow him to share his experience and expertise with the students.