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
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.