Deputy Minister, Education and Early Childhood Development of Nova Scotia
Elwin was appointed to the position of Deputy Minister of the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development in January 2023. He served as Associate Deputy Minister when he joined the Department in September 2022.
Elwin has been a key leader in the Nova Scotia public education system for decades – serving as a teacher, principal, and school board executive – leading Nova Scotia’s largest education region for most of the last 10 years.
He holds a Bachelor of Science degree (mathematics and computer science) from St. Francis Xavier University as well as a Master of Education (Administration) and a Master of Arts (Education) from St. Mary’s University.
Elwin is an experienced and results-focused educational leader, dedicated to working collaboratively to create an equitable and inclusive environment for high-quality student experiences and achievement.
His experience leading through the complexities of public education in recent years has been an incredible and humbling experience. Through deep and complex change, Elwin is guided by questions that focus on ensuring students thrive in learning and wellbeing.
Elwin has served on the Board of The Learning Partnership, a former Canadian charity connecting business, educators, and strategic partners to design and deliver education programs for students focused on essential skills and competencies needed in tomorrow’s leaders, innovators and problem solvers. He is a founding and alumni member of the C21 Canada CEO Academy, a pan-Canadian network of school system leaders focused on increasing system influence on student achievement and well-being through accelerated and effective integration of 21st century skills in competency-based teaching practices.