About the Deputy Minister of Transportation

Stephen Rhodes

Photo of Stephen Rhodes, Deputy Minister of Transportation

Stephen Rhodes was appointed Deputy Minister of Transportation on February 27, 2016.

Since 2012, he had been the Deputy Minister of Correctional Services, where he led the implementation of one of the most progressive admission and placement policies for trans-inmates in North America and oversaw innovations such as the direct-supervision model to allow inmates to move freely within their living unit.

Previously, he was the Ministry of the Attorney General’s first Associate Deputy Minister, providing strategic oversight and senior executive leadership on the Ministry’s Justice on Target Initiative – a results-based initiative addressing a priority commitment of the government to reduce criminal court delay. As Associate Deputy Minister, Stephen was also responsible for providing support for the Deputy Attorney General in the overall strategic oversight for the ministry, the Justice Sector Security Office, and the effective management of Ministry operations and resources through the Corporate Services Management Division.

Prior to his appointment as Associate Deputy Minister, Stephen served for seven years as the Ministry’s Chief Administrative Officer and Assistant Deputy Attorney General, Corporate Services Management Division. In this senior executive role, Stephen oversaw the Division responsible for strategic support and advice to the Ministry in several key areas, including business and fiscal planning, facilities management, human resources, freedom of information, French language and audit services to the justice sector in partnership with relevant central agencies.

During this period, Stephen championed increased cross-cluster fiscal planning and strengthened controllership and business planning capacity within the ministry. He also provided executive oversight of various complex facilities management projects including the creation of the Guns and Gangs Provincial Operations Centre and the Durham Region Courthouse – the first courthouse delivered using the Alternative Financing Procurement model. His leadership efforts were widely recognized by his colleagues when he was elected as Chair of the Chief Administrative Officers’ Forum in 2008.

Stephen first joined the Ministry of the Attorney General in 1998 as the Manager of the Fiscal Planning Unit and served as the Director of the Business and Fiscal Planning Branch and Chief Financial Officer in 2000. Prior to joining the ministry, Stephen held varied senior policy positions with Management Board Secretariat and what was then the Ministry of Housing. Stephen has worked within the Ontario Public Service since 1989.

Stephen holds a Master of Science in Planning from the University of Toronto, an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Geography from Wilfrid Laurier University and is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario Ivey School Of Business Executive Development Program.

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