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Burnaby hires first woman to hold Deputy Chief Administrative Officer position

Noreen Kassam will take over the role on Oct. 1, 2021
Noreen Kassam has been named the City of Burnaby's Deputy Chief Administrative Officer.

The City of Burnaby has appointed the first woman to lead its Deputy Chief Administrative Officer position. 

Noreen Kassam will take over the role on Oct. 1, 2021, according to a news release from the city. 

“Noreen has shown tremendous leadership capability and managed the City finances with due care and diligence,” Chief Administrative Officer Leon Gous said in the announcement

“I am excited to have her working by my side as we continue to achieve our goals in becoming a world-class city.”

Kassam first joined the city in 2014 as the Assistant Director of Financial Planing and Capital Equity before being named Director of Finance in 2017. 

She oversees the city's $536 million operating budget, $294 million capital program, $4.1 billion capital asset portfolio and the $1.7 billion financial assets. 

Kassam is a Chartered Professional Accountant with more than 20 years of experience in local government according to the city. 

"She is committed to delivering sustainable financial results and prudent financial stewardship, as well as continuously improving service delivery to the citizens of Burnaby."