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Mississauga, Ontario,L5A 4M4
In the spirit of the holiday season, Premier Kathleen Wynne and Deputy Ministers Scott Thompson and Lynn Betzner participated in the OPS Holiday Toy Drive on December 12, 2013 at Macdonald Block.
Lynn Betzner « University of Toronto Department of Political Science
Serving the public has been part of Lynn Betzner's life for as long as she can remember. Growing up, she was expected to help out at her father's hardware store in Grimsby, located between Lake Ontario and the Niagara Escarpment. She certainly learned a lot from that experience and one valuable lesson was putting people first - a focus she's kept for her 20-plus-year career with the Ontario Public Service. She is now Deputy Minister and Associate Secretary of the Cabinet, at the centre of a communications portfolio that spans 26 departments. Her job: advising government on all communications fronts. Her passion: working to develop a more integrated approach to communicating on topics ranging from education to the environment. After launching her career in the private sector, she quickly jumped to public service, her true calling. Following a stint with the Environmental Assessment Board, she settled in at the Ministry of Transportation. It was here - amid a range of complex challenges - where she decided to pursue a M.A. in Political Science. She wanted to learn more about effecting change. The depth and breadth of the faculty at U of T drew her to the school. She chose courses focused on implementing ideas exchanged around the seminar table. Remarkably, that perspective has taken Betzner a long way - and yet not far from home.
The interim members are deputy finance minister Steve Orsini, associate deputy finance minister Greg Orencsak, deputy environment minister Gail Beggs, and Lynn Betzner, deputy minister of communications and intergovernmental affairs and associate secretary of the cabinet.
Lynn Betzner as Deputy Minister of Communications, Cabinet Office.
Ms. Betzner is currently the Assistant Deputy Minister of Corporate Communications and the Acting Deputy Minister of Communications in Cabinet Office. She has held progressively responsible senior executive positions in communications and administration in Cabinet Office and the Ministries of Transportation and Environment. She has an honours bachelor of public administration from Carleton University, an MA in political science/public administration and a Certificate in Managing Strategic Change from the University of Toronto.
TheStar.com - Public access under attack
All contentious issues notes are sent to Jones, who vets them and informs Lynn Betzner, director of communications for the offices of the premier and cabinet.Betzner, one of the province's highest-ranking civil servants, is also responsible for corporate communications, which has a mandate to protect the government's public image, including writing media lines and House notes in response to contentious issues filed to cabinet office, says Sumi. In addition to handling requests to the cabinet office, Jones and Betzner also advise the ministries on their requests.Betzner also has final say on what records will be released in FOI requests to the cabinet office. A statement from Betzner's office denies any political conflict.