Joanna White was appointed as the Assistant Deputy Minister for Workforce Development and Skills Training at British Columbia’s Ministry of Post-Secondary Education and Future Skills (PSFS) on December 16, 2022.
Prior to her appointment, Joanna was the Assistant Deputy Minister and Executive Financial Officer for B.C.’s Ministry of Jobs, Economic Development and Innovation and the Ministry of Labour, where she provided executive leadership for the financial services, strategic human resources, corporate planning, and priorities and information management and systems teams. She held this position from November 2019 until joining PSFS in her current role.
Joanna began her civil service career in the United Kingdom as an asylum and refugee caseworker with the Home Office and joined the B.C. public service in 2006 after immigrating to Canada. Joanna has held a series of management and leadership roles across the economy sector ministries, including leadership of the Community Gaming Grants program and roles in strategic human resources, strategic initiatives and corporate policy, priorities and planning.
Joanna attended the University of Manchester in the United Kingdom and holds a BA (Hon) in history.