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Deborah Newman, former deputy minister of the Ontario Public Service, has been appointed distinguished visiting scholar at Ryerson University. Newman will join the Department of Criminology and Department of Politics & Public Administrationin the Faculty of Arts.
“Deborah Newman brings a wealth of public service knowledge and government experience to Ryerson and I am honoured to welcome her to the academic community,” said Mohamed Lachemi, provost and vice president academic. “With a focus on experiential learning, Deborah will help move student ideas into action by contributing to mentorship programs, identifying industry engagement opportunities and exploring collaborations with the SocialVentures Zone.”
From 2005-2015, Newman held the position as deputy minister of the Ontario Public Service, serving the Ministries of Training, Colleges and Universities, Correctional Services and Community Safety. Dedicating 35 years of her career to public service in Ontario and Alberta, Newman has held roles in direct service, management and executive administration.
“This appointment is an ideal transition following my work with the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, where serving the needs of students was top priority,” said Newman. “Ryerson students are brimming with creativity and social innovation, and I look forward to joining the team that helps mobilize their ideas into action.”
Newman led the transformation of services for youth in conflict with the law in Ontario where she implemented the Youth Criminal Justice Act and the creation of a dedicated system for young people. Newman was awarded the Amethyst Award, the highest honour in the Ontario Public Services, for her work on this file. She has twice been named one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women by the Women’s Executive Network and received a CEO Leadership in Action Award.
“With an exemplary track record of leadership, stewardship and governance, her work will represent Ryerson to the wider community and will create linkages to in-field community based efforts related to criminal and youth justice, public service and public policy,” said Jean-Paul Boudreau, dean, Faculty of Arts. “In this role Deborah will provide guest lectures, help establish community fellowships for students and contribute to the Masters in Public Administration program. She will be an asset to our team and an excellent representative of Ryerson faculty, research and academics to the wider community.”
Newman is a graduate of the Queen’s University Public Executive Program and the Directors Education Program at the Rotman School of Management, where she received her Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD.D) designation.