Ava Czapalay
Associate Deputy Minister,
Nova Scotia Labour & Advanced Education

Ms. Czapalay has been employed in the area of higher education for more than 30 years. She was appointed Associate Deputy Minister of the Nova Scotia Department of Labour and Advanced Education in June, 2019 and prior to this appointment, Ms. Czapalay was the Senior Executive Director of the Higher Education Branch of NS Labour and Advanced Education.

As Senior Executive Director, 2012-2019, Ms. Czapalay oversaw the development of legislation, regulations, policies and strategies, programs and funding relating to Student Assistance, Post-secondary Accessibility Services, Private Career Colleges and Universities and Colleges. During this time, Ms. Czapalay served as the co-chair of the Council of Atlantic Ministers of Education and Training (CAMET) board, co-chair of the Provincial Sexual Violence Prevention Committee, member of the Board of the Maritime Provinces Higher Education Council, and chair of the ADM Post-Secondary Education Committee of the Council of Ministers of Education and Training, Canada (CMEC). She led the establishment of Nova Scotia's innovative sandbox program - ten collaborative on-campus spaces that support and foster entrepreneurial thinking. Ms. Czapalay also led the establishment of the Research Nova Scotia Trust and Research Nova Scotia.

From 2005-2012, Ms. Czapalay served as the founding President and CEO of EduNova, a co-operative organization focused on the marketing and promotion of Nova Scotia's education and training sector in global markets. During this period, EduNova was involved with international contract training which necessitated Ms. Czapalay leading the establishment of an office, EduNova Gulf, in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

Prior to joining the Nova Scotia government in 1997, Ms. Czapalay was the Assistant Registrar at Dalhousie University.

Ms. Czapalay is currently the Vice-Chair of the International Women's Forum - Atlantic Chapter and sits on the Boards of the Discovery Centre and Discovery Centre International. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in English, a Bachelor of Education, and a Masters of Education degree - all from Dalhousie University.

As Associate Deputy Minister for Labour and Advanced Education, Ms. Czapalay will advocate for organizational health a wellness, equity and inclusion, innovation in the public service and continuous improvements to LAE service delivery.