Ron Hicks served as Deputy Minister of Executive Council in the Alberta Government from 2004 to 2008. He was Secretary to Cabinet, Clerk of the Executive Council and Head of the Alberta Public Service. His responsibilities included assisting the government in setting and achieving its priorities, ensuring effective policy coordination and plan implementation across government ministries, and providing leadership to the public service.
Mr. Hicks holds a B.Sc. in Engineering from the University of Guelph and a Masters in Public Management from the University of Alberta. He began his career with a private sector consulting engineering firm in southwestern Ontario. He worked for the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources before joining the Alberta Government with Alberta Environment in 1980. Prior to being appointed Deputy Minister of Executive Council, he served as Deputy Minister of Alberta Intergovernmental and Aboriginal Affairs, Alberta Human Resources and Employment, and Alberta Environment. Following retirement from the Alberta Government in 2008, Mr. Hicks joined the University of Alberta’s School of Business as an Executive Professor from 2009 to 2012.
His past volunteer commitments include serving as a board member and president of the International Soil and Water Conservation Society, and duties as a coach for local youth hockey and soccer leagues.
Mr. Hicks received the Alberta Institute of Public Administration’s Lieutenant Governor’s Award for excellence in public administration in 2008 and the Public Policy Forum’s Peter Lougheed Award for leadership in Public Policy in 2010.
Mr. Hicks is an avid sportsman. He and his wife, Marvel, have two married children and four grandchildren.
Mr. Hicks joined the Trans Canada Trail Board in 2009.