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N.L. names top bureaucrat for ag development

A forester by profession has been named Newfoundland and Labrador’s new senior bureaucrat for development of the agrifoods sector.

Premier Kathy Dunderdale on Wednesday named Keith Deering as assistant deputy minister (agrifoods development) in the natural resources department’s Forestry and Agrifoods Agency.

The appointment marks a lateral move for Deering, who has been assistant deputy minister (forestry) with the same agency since 2007.

Deering has worked for the province’s natural resources department since 1999, and was regional director for Labrador for three years before his promotion to the ADM role.

Deering, who has a bachelor’s degree in forestry from the University of New Brunswick and also previously worked for Natural Resources Canada, is credited with “significantly improving” the province’s relationship with the Innu Nation on forest management issues.

The resulting forest management plan has received national attention for its approach to ecosystem-based forest management, the province said Wednesday. Deering received a Public Service Award of Excellence in 2002 for his efforts.

Friday (April 1) was officially Deering’s first day on the agrifoods development file.

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