Blaine Higgs was born in Woodstock, N.B. He graduated from the University of New Brunswick with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. In 1993, he completed the Executive Management training program at Queen’s University in Ontario. He also has taken courses in Finance (2003) and Leadership and Influence (2006) through Babson College’s Executive & Enterprise Education program in Massachusetts.
Immediately following university, Blaine joined Irving Oil Limited in Saint John, N.B., where he held numerous positions of increasing responsibility in engineering, refining operations and in the transportation sector. Prior to retirement in May 2010, he was Director of Logistics and Distribution, with overall responsibility for the transportation and bulk storage requirements for the reliable supply of refined products to customers throughout Eastern Canada and New England.
He was a member of the Irving team negotiating with Repsol on the Canaport LNG project. He also served on the Board of Directors for Canaport LNG and the New Brunswick Gateway Council.
First elected to the Legislative Assembly on September 27, 2010, Blaine currently represents the riding of Quispamsis. On October 12, 2010, he was sworn-in as Minister of Finance, Minister of Human Resources, Minister responsible for the New Brunswick Liquor Corporation, Minister responsible for the New Brunswick Investment Management Corporation, Minister responsible for the New Brunswick Lotteries and Gaming Corporation, and Chair of the Board of Management.
A longstanding member of the Kennebecasis Baptist Church, he has served on various boards and committees. Blaine is also a member of the Association of Professional Engineers of New Brunswick, past vice-chair of the New Brunswick Gateway Council, and is a member of the Board of Directors for the Fundy Royal Conservative Association.
He has traveled extensively to various countries in Europe, Africa and Asia for business and pleasure. The insight learned through this interaction with different cultures provides him with a real appreciation for the challenges that New Brunswick faces in the global economy.
A long-time resident of Quispamsis, Blaine has been married to Marcia for 38 years and together they have four daughters: Lindsey, Laura, Sarah and Rachel, and two grandchildren Nadia and Alexander. They also enjoy spending time in the country and pursuing many outdoor activities, such as boating, skiing, snowmobiling and fishing.
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