Pam Skinner, Niagara College’s vice president, Corporate Services, was recently recognized for her outstanding work with the Ontario Public Service (OPS).
Skinner received the Finance Community Fellowship Eagle Award, presented by the Finance and Business Management Council. The award recognizes life-long commitment to excellence within the OPS.
“It is a tremendous honour to be nominated for this award by my CAO colleagues and to receive it from the finance community across the OPS,” said Skinner. “The honour means so much because I have such respect for the expertise, professionalism and dedication of the public servants in the OPS finance community, and it is humbling to be seen by them as a leader, coach and trusted advisor. I know that my success has only been possible because of the fine people I have worked with over the years, and I share this honour with each and every one of them.”
Skinner forged a successful 30-year career in the OPS, most recently as chief administrative officer and assistant deputy minister in the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities where her role encompassed human resources, corporate finance, facilities management, freedom of information and protection of privacy, continuity of operations and accessibility as well as leadership for emerging and ongoing corporate priorities for the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities. She also held senior roles in the ministries of Community Safety and Correctional Services; Attorney General; Children and Youth Services; and Municipal Affairs and Housing.
Her nomination and supporting testimonials for the award describe an effective leader, mentor and coach, known for her integrity and strength of character.
“It’s safe to say Pam’s left an imprint on the OPS and evidence of her leadership style will be seen long after her departure,” said Jim Cassimatis, Chair of the OPS CAO Forum and chief administrative officer and assistant deputy minister of the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing’s Business Management division.
The Finance and Business Management Council includes senior financial managers from Ontario government ministries along with representatives from other government agencies. It leads the financial community within the OPS, advocates for best practices and provides strategic advice on financial and business planning and management issues. The Eagle Awards were created to recognize the important contributions of financial staff within the OPS.