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Nicole Johnson Morrison

Associate Deputy Minister, Department of Labour and Advanced Education - Government of Nova Scotia


About Nicole

Nicole Johnson-Morrison currently serves as the Associate Deputy Minister of the Department of Labour and Advanced Education for the province of Nova Scotia. Formerly, Nicole served as the President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of EduNova Cooperative Ltd. (EduNova) a co-operative association of public and private-sector education providers in Nova Scotia.

Nicole is an accomplished senior executive with a proven ability to provide effective leadership. With
extensive experience in navigating sensitive geopolitical, intercultural and international issues, Nicole
has built a global network which has been instrumental in senior leadership positions in private, public
and not-for-profit sectors. Throughout her distinguished career, she has mobilized resources, built
organizational capacity and resilience all the while fostering meaningful partnerships.

She has held senior international leadership roles within Canada’s federal and provincial governments.
Her extensive experience in public-private sector leadership, nationally and internationally, has enabled
Nicole to lead key policy initiatives and to grow opportunities for Canadian businesses within global

As a former Senior Trade Commissioner with Global Affairs Canada, Nicole significantly advanced
Canada’s trade policy and international trade efforts within Latin America and the Caribbean. She was
recognized by Global Affairs Canada with the Transformation Champion Award and won the United
Nations Women in Business Award in 2012.

Nicole holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics BSc. and an MBA from the University of Leicester and
she is currently a final year Doctoral candidate. Nicole is a certified Project Management Professional
(PMP) with the Institute for Commercial Management (UK) and is a Certified International Trade
Professional (CITP) through Concordia University.

Nicole holds leadership certifications from Dalhousie University and MIT Sloan -Massachusetts Institute
of Technology. Nicole serves as a Board member with multiple organizations including the Black Business Initiative (BBI) where she is the chair of BBI’s Diversity Employment Network (DEN). She is a member of the International Women’s Forum (IWF) Atlantic Chapter and a board member of United Way and the National Congress of Black Canadians.

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