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Jim Prentice names former Liberal as chief of staff

Former Liberal MLA Michael Percy will be Jim Prentice’s new chief of staff while Patricia Misutka will serve as his principal secretary.

Announcement comes 4 days after Prentice named transition team members

Jim Prentice celebrates after winning the Alberta Progressive Conservative party leadership in Edmonton on Saturday night. (Jason Franson/Canadian Press)

Premier-designate Jim Prentice has named two key staff members. 

Former Liberal MLA Michael Percy will be Prentice’s new chief of staff while Patricia Misutka will serve as his principal secretary.

Percy is a former dean for the Alberta School of Business at the University of Alberta.

Michael Percy will be the new chief of staff for premier-designate Jim Prentice. (University of Alberta)

“Mike is an esteemed former legislator who earned the respect of colleagues of all political stripes, and is one of Alberta’s pre-eminent financial figures who has advanced fiscal policy in Alberta,” said Prentice in a statement. “His experience will bring a steady hand to the Office of the Premier."

Misutka previously served as a chief of staff for former Edmonton mayor Stephen Mandel, who was named as a member of Prentice’s transition team on Sunday.

“Patricia Misutka brings to my office experience in senior leadership positions in both the public and the private sector,” said Prentice. “She will be a valuable addition to my office.”

Prentice won the PC leadership Saturday evening in a landslide first ballot election held in Edmonton. He plans to announce his new cabinet next week.

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Patricia Misutka will serve as Jim Prentice's principal secretary. (Ivey School of Business)

Originally from Banff, Alta., Percy is an economist and a professor of strategic management at the Alberta School of Business. He served as the MLA for Edmonton-Whitemud from 1993 to 1997 during which time he was the finance critic for the Liberal opposition.

In the past he sat on a number of advisory panels for both the federal and provincial governments, including the Advisory Committee for the Provincial Energy Strategy of Alberta and the federal panel on Equalization and Territorial Funding Formula.  

Prior to being named chief of staff on Thursday, Percy had been serving on boards for Epcor and the Alberta Treasury Branch.

Misutka worked closely with Mandel during his three consecutive terms as mayor of Edmonton from 2004 to 2013. In the past year, she has been consulting on corporate communication, policy and stakeholder issues for the Edmonton International Airport, the City of Edmonton and Waste RE-solution Edmonton, among others.

She is currently working towards her PhD in strategic management and Solutions at the Alberta School of Business.

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