Deputy Minister Tom McCarthy

Tom McCarthy is Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation. Prior to this appointment, Tom served as the Assistant Deputy Minister for the ministry’s Negotiations and Regional Operations Division. Tom also held several Chief Negotiator roles for the Province, including responsibility for the North area.

Before joining the provincial government in 2017, Tom worked for ten years with Tsawwassen First Nation. As Chief Administrative Officer for the Tsawwassen government, Tom advanced implementation of the Tsawwassen Treaty, and negotiated several major economic development projects on behalf of the Nation, including the Tsawwassen Mills development. 

Tom also worked with the Government of Canada, including with the Privy Council Office, Treasury Board, and Department of Finance. He holds a Master of Public Policy from Simon Fraser University and an undergraduate degree in Public Affairs and Policy Management from Carleton University.

Tom is honoured to live and raise his two young daughters with his wife on the territories of the lək̓ʷəŋən and W̱SÁNEĆ peoples, where you can often find him running the paths of the local Colquitz River watershed.