Megan Nichols was appointed Associate Assistant Deputy Minister of the Environmental Protection Branch at Environment and Climate Change Canada in January 2023. She joined ECCC from Transport Canada, where she spent four years, first as the Director General of Environmental Policy, and then as Associate Assistant Deputy Minister, Policy.
Prior to her time at Transport Canada, Megan was Director General in the Lands and Minerals Sector at Natural Resources Canada, with responsibility for the leadership of Canada’s mining policy. From 2012-2017, Megan held a number of positions at Public Safety Canada, focused mainly on international and Canada-U.S. border and security issues.
Megan spent six years designing and managing public infrastructure funding programs at Infrastructure Canada, including the First Nations Infrastructure Fund. From 1999 to 2004, she worked in the Canadian Heritage portfolio, where she developed international cultural policy initiatives, delivered programming for the Canada Council of the Arts, and supported the department’s portfolio management and corporate secretariat functions.
Megan holds a Master’s degree in History from Queen’s University. She lives in Chelsea, Quebec with her family