Ex-clean energy czar leaving government

A top bureaucrat closely connected with the outgoing Campbell's administration's clean energy agenda is leaving government. In an email sent last week, Robin Junger announced he was resigning as the deputy minister of energy so he could spend more time with his family. "While I believe I have managed to keep a reasonable work life balance even in a job as demanding as ours," he wrote, "I think I will be able to tip the balance even more favourably toward my family by moving on to new ventures." Mr. Junger stated he will "either return to practising law or assume some other role in the private sector." His last day on the job will be March 11. Mr. Junger headed up the environmental assessment office until March 2010, when he was elevated to a deputy minister-level position in the premier's office with responsibility for energy and clean technology. He then went onto lead the ministry of energy, mines and petroleum resources until it was broken up during October's cabinet realignment.

From: Junger, Robin EMPR:EX
Sent: Monday, February 21, 2011 10:06 AM
To: BCPSA Agency DM List
Subject: Robin

Dear Colleagues,

I am writing to let you know that, after considerable thought, I have made the decision to leave my position with the Public Service.

It has been a tremendous honour and privilege to serve as your colleague for the last 3 and 1/2 years and I am very glad that I have had the opportunity. The work of a deputy minister is extremely interesting and dynamic, and I have learned many things.

I believe we have made many accomplishments together and I am pleased to have gotten to know you all.

My decision was a difficult one, as the positions I have been entrusted with are ones that I took great pride in and was heartily engaged by. But as with any decision, there are many factors that must be considered. Chief among them is the fact that I have a young (but not getting any younger) family and that my career, while important to me, is just one part of life. And while I believe I have managed to keep a reasonable work life balance even in a job as demanding as ours, I think I will be able to tip the balance even more favourably toward my family by moving on to new ventures.

I have been thinking about this for a number of months, but once the Premier announced he was stepping down I thought it important to stay the course during the leadership transition with a view to providing stability to the staff of my ministry and government generally. Similarly, I felt that if I was to plan on leaving anytime in the near future, then I should probably do so now before a new Premier and Cabinet is sworn in to move forward with its agenda.

My last day will be March 11, and I do not have any specific plans at present for my next steps. But in general terms I expect I will either return to practising law or assume some other role in the private sector. I will be sure to keep in touch and hope that we cross paths from time to time.

Finally, I want to express my personal thanks and gratitude to Allan for the guidance and support he has provided to me, and the opportunities he has given me. I could not ask for a better boss, and the loss of the chance to work together daily is one of the big downsides of my decision.

I genuinely wish you all the best and thank you again for the chance to be your colleague.

Robin

Robin Junger
Deputy Minister
Ministry of Energy

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