New Deputy Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Cultural Industries

Nov. 08, 2021

Sarah Harrison will become Deputy Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries

effective December 6, 2021. Sarah is taking over from Kevin Finnerty who is retiring after 35

years with the Ontario Public Service in December.

Sarah brings over two decades of public sector experience which includes progressively senior

roles in the governments of Ontario, British Columbia, Manitoba and Saskatchewan. She

currently serves as the Deputy Minister of Environment in Saskatchewan, where she has

significant progress on mandate objectives during the pandemic.

In Manitoba, she served as Deputy Minister of Conservation and Climate, as well as Deputy

Minister for Sport, Culture and Heritage where she had the opportunity to both see first-hand,

and work to support, the important economic contributions of heritage, sport, and culture

programs and services.

She led the planning for the Manitoba 150 year-long anniversary celebrations which bolstered

the hospitality and tourism sectors and showcased the province for investment attraction

opportunities. Her experience leading the BC government’s communications program for the

2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games provided insights into the economic and social benefits of

amateur sporting.

The Deputy Minister appointment with the Ontario government brings Sarah full circle back to

Toronto where she started her public service career.