Ex-CARICOM official new ass’t deputy minister

By RON FANFAIR

A former CARICOM Secretariat official has been appointed an assistant deputy minister in the Ontario government.

Lee Prasaud, who was based in Barbados as the Director of Export Development Strategies, is now the Executive Lead, Infrastructure Services with the provincial government’s Ministry of Government Services.

His responsibilities include providing strategic direction and executive leadership for the planning, delivery and management of the consolidated informational technology infrastructure services and the deployment and operation of the Ontario government’s technology infrastructure, including corporate data centres and networks. He will oversee a budget of $400 million and a staff of about 600.

Prasaud is one of three Guyanese-born assistant deputy ministers in the Ontario government. The others are former journalist, Noelle Richardson, who was appointed the provincial government’s first Diversity Officer last August and Ken Kawall, who is the chief information officer for the Economics and Transportation cluster.

A graduate of Annandale Secondary School, Prasaud came to Canada in 1975 to complete his Grade 13 and attend the University of Toronto where he obtained a Bachelor of Commerce degree. He then relocated to Vancouver and worked as an auditor with a mining company for five years before coming back to the city and seeking employment with Honda Canada.

After spending four years with CARICOM, he came back to Toronto in 1992 and joined the Ministry of the Environment where he rose to become assistant director of finance and administration and the director of information technology. He later served as head of infrastructure for the Land and Resource cluster for seven years before being elevated to his current position.

Prasaud has completed the Queen’s University Public Executive Development and the University of Western Ontario Ivey Executive programs and the Schulich School of Business Masters Certificate in Public Management.

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