Top bureaucrat leaves for ivory tower post

The top bureaucrat at the ministry of advanced education is stepping down to become the head of external relations at Simon Fraser University. Philip Steenkamp made the announcement in an email sent yesterday to colleagues. Mr. Steenkamp has been in the senior ranks of the bureaucracy for the past 13 years, having been appointed aboriginal affairs deputy minister in 1998. More recently, he was also in charge of the Olympic Games secretariat, taking over from Annette Antoniak. Mr. Steenkamp is just the latest advanced education bureaucrat to take a position in the groves of academia. Former deputy Robin Ciceri left last year to become president of the Universities Research Council of British Columbia, while another senior civil servant, Ruth Wittenberg, was named president of the BC Association of Institutes and Universities. The following is a complete copy of Mr. Steenkamp's email.

From: Steenkamp, Philip ALMD:EX
Sent: Tuesday, June 07, 2011
Subject: Farewell

Dear Colleagues,

I am writing to let you know that I will be leaving the BC public service on June 30 in order to take up the position of Vice President, External Relations at Simon Fraser University.

What a long and amazing trip it's been. I was appointed Deputy Minister of the Ministry Aboriginal Affairs on November 13 , 1998 and went on to serve as Deputy Minister of the Treaty Negotiations Office, Advanced Education, Premier's Office, Training, Colleges and Universities, Education (both in Ontario), Tourism, Culture and the Arts, Olympic Games Secretariat, Advanced Education and Labour Market Development, Regional Economic and Skills Development, and, now, back as Deputy of Advanced Education. There were many highlights along the way, including the Nisga'a Treaty, the 25,000 post-secondary seat expansion, the implementation of Reaching Higher and the Labour Market Development Agreement, and the 2010 Olympics. Through it all I got to work with remarkable individuals - elected officials, public servants, institutional leaders, students, faculty and staff - whose passion and creativity were a constant inspiration.

Thank you for your support over the years and your enduring dedication to post-secondary education.


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When we were following the treaty negotiations, Dr. Steenkamp was a fellow we all got to admire for his skills. Very down to earth and always ready to answer any questions sent his way.Sure hope he will enjoy his new life.

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