Fazil Mihlar was appointed Deputy Minister, Jobs, Trade and Technology effective July 18, 2017. Previous to this role, Fazil was Deputy Minister, Climate Leadership, effective March 25, 2016, and prior to that was Assistant Deputy Minister, Institutions and Programs Division with the Ministry of Advanced Education and Assistant Deputy Minister, Oil and Strategic Initiatives Division, Ministry of Natural Gas Development. Before joining government in 2013, Fazil was associate editor of The Vancouver Sun newspaper. Fazil has been nominated twice for a National Newspaper Award for best editorial writing in Canada. Before joining The Vancouver Sun in 1999, Fazil managed the Royal Bank Financial Group’s public affairs department for B.C. and the Yukon. He was also director of regulatory and labour market studies at the Fraser Institute and managed the small business consulting group at Simon Fraser University. Fazil holds a B.A. in Economics from Simon Fraser University, an M.A. in Public Administration from Carleton University and a Marketing Diploma from the Chartered Institute of Marketing in London, England. He also completed a Certificate Course on Risk Management at Harvard University.