Roger has had a distinguished career in education and in the Alberta public service, serving in the position of Deputy Minister in four departments, including Health and Wellness. He is currently Director of the MBA Public Management stream at the University of Alberta School of Business.
He was appointed Deputy Minister of Alberta Education in 1998 following a career as a teacher and school administrator. The next year, the Department of Innovation and Science was formed and Roger was named Deputy Minister. While there, he created Alberta SuperNet, a broadband Internet protocol network linking 420 communities and connecting all hospitals, schools and government offices.
Roger moved in 2001 to Alberta Environment where, as Deputy Minister, he put in place the process that led to the province’s water strategy, Water for Life, and served for two years as president of the Clean Air Strategic Alliance.
He was appointed Deputy Minister of Alberta Health and Wellness in 2002. During his two-year tenure, Roger focused his efforts on improving health information and health care delivery. He was instrumental in creating the provincial on-line Waitlist Registry and the first provincial electronic health record in Canada. He also negotiated the agreement with physicians and health authorities that created Primary Care Networks to modernize family medicine in Alberta.
Roger received the Institute of Public Administration of Canada 2004 Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Excellence in Public Administration. He is also a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal and the Alberta Centennial Medal.