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Manitoba appoints new deputy minister of agriculture

Manitoba appoints new deputy minister of agriculture

Brenda DeSerranno will assume the role on Jan. 7, 2023

By Diego Flammini
Staff Writer

The new year will bring a new deputy minister of agriculture in Manitoba.

On Nov. 30, the Manitoba government announced that effective Jan. 7, 2023, Brenda DeSerranno will assume the role.

As deputy minister, DeSerranno will work with Agriculture Minister Derek Johnson to “provide executive leadership and operational direction in the design and implementation of strategies, policies and programs that accelerate sustainable growth in the agriculture and agri-processing sector,” the job posting says.

DeSerranno is bringing multiple years of experience in working within government to the position.

She’s worked for the government since 2005 and since 2019 has served as the assistant deputy minister of analytical services at the provincial treasury board secretariat.

“In this role, she has gained experience in the programs and services offered by all government departments including Manitoba Agriculture,” the government’s announcement says.

DeSerranno will be taking over for the retiring Dori Gingera-Beauchemin, who served as deputy minister since 2013 and worked with Manitoba Agriculture for 43 years.

Dori Gingera-Beauchemin
Dori Gingera-Beauchemin.

A former president of the Canadian 4-H Foundation, Gingera-Beauchemin also received the Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubliee Medal in 2012. The medal honours significant contributions and achievements by Canadians.

Members of the Manitoba ag sector are ready to work with the incoming deputy minister and thanked the outgoing deputy minister for her work.

“Manitoba Beef Producers looks forward to working with Brenda DeSerranno when she becomes Manitoba’s next deputy minister of agriculture in January 2023,” the organization said on Twitter. “Thank you again to Dori Gingera-Beauchemin for her many years of dedicated service to the province’s agriculture sector.”

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