Effective January 21, 2003 the new Ontario Deputy Minister of the Environment is Virginia West. Ms. West most recently served as the Deputy Minister, Public Safety and Policing Services, Ministry of Public Safety and Security. She was formerly Commissioner of Urban Planning and Development Services, and Commissioner of City Property, City of Toronto, and Chief Administrative Officer for the Borough of East York. She has held senior executive positions in Management Board Secretariat and the Ministry of Government Services and was a lawyer with Lawlor & LeClaire, Barristers and Solicitors. Ms. West has a BA and an MBA from the University of Toronto and an LLB from Osgoode Hall Law School.