Sara Filbee — Assistant Deputy Minister, Lands and Economic Development
Ms. Filbee has degrees from Acadia University (B.Sc. Biology) and Dalhousie University (MBA – LLB) She began her career with the law firm McInnes Cooper & Robertson in Halifax, where she practiced for 11 years, the last three as a corporate law partner. She left the practice of law to take up a position with Peat Marwick Stevenson & Kellogg (later KPMG Management Consulting), heading up the Atlantic Canada outplacement and downsizing practice for the firm. She later became President of the Atlantic Provinces Economic Council. Following her term with the Council, she spent three and a half years with CIBC, first as Manager, Corporate Development in the field of Public Private Partnerships and then as Director, Commercial Banking. In 2001, she started a strategic consulting practice and later moved to Ottawa to take up the position of Vice-President, Operations for a start-up company providing web-enabled human resources tools. She joined the Public Service of Canada in Industry Canada's Industry Sector. In January 2009, she became the Assistant Deputy Minister of Lands and Economic Development at Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada and is responsible for: Aboriginal Economic Development, First Nation Land Management and Initiatives and Indian Oil and Gas Canada.
Sara has served on several boards in the Non-for-profit sector and has a number of interests including sailing, karate, music, reading and running.