Premier Stephen McNeil has appointed Julie Towers the new CEO of the Office of Aboriginal Affairs. “Our relationship with First Nations is a priority for my government – it is important and complex,” said Premier McNeil. “Ms. Towers has done tremendous work for the province. She is collaborative, respected, and experienced. “I trust her to maintain and enhance these important relationships which are crucial to the future of our province and our First Nations people.” Ms. Towers was most recently executive director of the renewable resources at the department of Natural Resources, overseeing forests, parks, and wildlife. She has held previous senior positions within natural resources and environment. The appointment is effective March 3. The deputy minister of Intergovernmental Affairs/CEO of Immigration, Catherine Blewett, was previously responsible for Aboriginal Affairs. This move will allow Ms. Blewett to focus on enhanced intergovernmental co-operation and immigration and population, another major government priority.