November 28, 2008 07:00 ET

AMAPCEO Presents Public Service Award to Former Cabinet Secretary Tony Dean

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 28, 2008) - Members of the largest union representing professionals who work for the Ontario government are presenting an award today to their former boss.

Tony Dean, former Cabinet Secretary and Head of the Ontario Public Service, will be the first recipient of the AMAPCEO Award for Public Service Excellence.

The award is being presented to Dean in Toronto today at the annual conference of the Association of Management, Administrative and Professional Crown Employees of Ontario (AMAPCEO), which represents over 10,000 professional and supervisory public servants across the province.

"AMAPCEO is both a bargaining agent and a professional association," said President Gary Gannage, "We established this award because our members care passionately about their work as public servants and believe that the public service adds value for our fellow citizens in Ontario."

"Our Board of Directors was unanimous in choosing Tony Dean as the first person to receive this award," Gannage continued, "because he exemplifies the qualities we look for in a public service leader - integrity, fairness, nonpartisanship and the courage to speak truth to power".

In a video tribute played at the conference, Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty said he "was thrilled to hear about this award", declaring that "you simply could not have made a better choice". The Premier noted that, although Tony Dean is missed, he has left as a legacy the thousands of hard-working public servants he coached and mentored and worked with over many years in the OPS.

AMAPCEO is making a donation in Tony Dean's name to McMaster University, where Dean earned a Master's degree in Sociology. Dean joined the OPS in 1989 after a number of years working on the staff of a union representing professional employees at Ontario Hydro. He was Deputy Minister of Labour from 1998-1999, prior to his appointment as Associate Secretary of Cabinet for Policy. He was appointed Secretary of Cabinet and Head of the Ontario Public Service in 2002, serving five years until his retirement in 2007.

More About AMAPCEO

AMAPCEO is the second-largest bargaining agent in the Ontario Public Service, representing 10,000 professional and supervisory public servants who work directly for the Government of Ontario in every ministry and in a number of agencies, boards and commissions. We also represent employees in the Office of the Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth, an independent office of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario.

Established in 1992, AMAPCEO has built, in a relatively short period of time, a strong record of negotiating innovative collective agreements, of adopting a collegial, problem-solving approach to dispute resolution and of advocating for a non-partisan, apolitical and professional public service as a critical component in Canada's system of parliamentary democracy.

AMAPCEO members include policy and financial analysts, auditors, economists, program supervisors, mediators, arbitrators, senior scientists, planners and child and youth advocates. AMAPCEO-represented employees work in over 130 communities throughout the Province of Ontario, including:

- Greater Toronto Area - approximately 6,000 members
- Kingston and Ottawa - 500 members
- Peterborough - 260 members
- London and Windsor - 300 members
- Guelph - 225 members
- North Bay - 160 members
- Sudbury - 200 members
- Thunder Bay - 150 members.

AMAPCEO also represents senior economic officers who work in ten Ontario trade missions abroad, including Los Angeles, New York, London, Paris, Beijing and Tokyo.

More information about AMAPCEO can be obtained by visiting the Association's website at:

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