Serving the public has been part of Lynn Betzner's
life for as long as she
Growing up, she
was expected to help out at her
father's hardware store in Grimsby, located between Lake Ontario and the Niagara Escarpment.
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.
job: advising government on all communications fronts.
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
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.
wanted to learn more about effecting change.
The depth and breadth of the faculty at U of T
to the school.
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.