Vicki is a retired public sector executive with extensive experience in organizational renewal, strategic and operational planning, revenue and expenditure planning and control, accountability systems, critical policy analysis and advice, policy implementation, and economic analysis. During her career with the Province of Nova Scotia, she served in several positions, including Public Service Commissioner, Secretary to Executive Council, Deputy Minister of Treasury and Policy Board and Deputy Minister of Finance.
Vicki is a member the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC), and Chair of the Public Health Agency of Canada Departmental Audit Committee. Past experience includes Chair, Statistics Canada Departmental Audit Committee; Member of Health Canada Departmental Audit Committee; board member of Nova Scotia Health Authority; Board of Governors of Mount Saint Vincent University; Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation; INNovaCorp; CoChair of the Nova Scotia Teachers Pension Partners Board; and Member of the Investment Advisory Committee for the Nova Scotia Teachers Pension Plan and the Nova Scotia Public Service Superannuation Plan.
As a non-partisan Deputy Minister to several Nova Scotia Premiers and to Cabinet and its committees, Vicki is well positioned to address public policy and public interest considerations, government relations and communications strategy. Ms. Harnish has a Master of Public Administration (Management) from Dalhousie University and the ICD.D accreditation from the Institute of Corporate Directors.