Byron Rafuse, FCPA, FCMA
Deputy Minister
Nova Scotia Department of Finance and Treasury Board

Byron Rafuse embodies all the attributes expected of a Chartered Professional Accountant; his peers respect him for his professionalism, knowledge and integrity. He began his career with the Provincial Government as a summer student in 1982 and became a permanent employee in 1984 progressing from an entry-level clerk position to Deputy Minister of Finance and Treasury Board.

As the Deputy Minister, Byron helps manage the financial affairs of the province, including taxation, budget and government accounting. He also manages regulation of the financial services, pension and insurance industries.

Byron has 35 years of public service experience, including, senior positions at the departments of Finance, Solicitor General, Justice and Health. He joined the Department of Finance and Treasury Board in September 2004 as Controller. In March 2010, he became Associate Deputy Minister and was then promoted to Deputy Minister in June 2016.

Byron is also noted for his commitment to his community, having served on the board of the Canada Games Centre and as coach of his daughter’s soccer team.  He also served on the boards of the Teachers’ Pension Plan, Superannuation Pension Plan and the Public Sector Accounting Board, and currently sits on CPA Nova Scotia’s Complaints Committee.