WorkShift Podcast: Cultivating a Culture of Safety with Deputy Ministers Ava Czapalay and April Howe (Apr. 20/23)

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In episode eight of the WorkShift podcast, WCB’s Interim CEO Shelley Rowan talks to Deputy Ministers Ava Czapalay and April Howe about their roles to help guide the priorities for the province and set the tone on what it's like to live and work here in Nova Scotia.

How have their personal experiences influenced their sense of responsibility in their roles?  What steps are they taking to build the province’s safety culture and build momentum for positive change? As Nova Scotia’s population continues to grow and change, what role do leaders have to help guide the province into the future? 

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About Ava Czapalay

Ava Czapalay is the Deputy Minister of the Department of Labour, Skills and Immigration, and previously served as the Deputy Minister and CEO of the Office of Immigration and Population Growth. In her current role, Deputy Czapalay provides strategic and operational direction to guide the department, and advises the minister on policy, equity and diversity, workplace safety, skills and learning, apprenticeship, labour services, immigration and population growth. 

About April Howe

April Howe is Deputy Minister of the Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture. Deputy Howe has more than 20 years of experience in corporate, government and community leadership. April is a champion for diversity and inclusion both in her role as Deputy Minister and within the broader community. She shares her expertise with other organizations to help create the conditions for true inclusivity in the workplace.

About WorkShift

On WorkShift, we’re putting leaders in workplace safety on the mic to talk health and safety, but most of all, leadership in a world that has changed forever. Hear the stories behind their successes, and their failures, and how they’re meeting the same challenges you may be facing.

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