Faycal is an experienced economist, university instructor and senior policy expert.
He obtained his doctorate in agricultural economics from the University of Saskatchewan. Faycal has received Leadership Certificates from both the University of Regina and the University of Saskatchewan.
Since coming to Canada in 1998, Faycal has lived in Saskatchewan for over 20 years. He has lived in Regina Gardiner Park for nearly fifteen years. He and his wife, Jean, have three young children.
Faycal has a proven track record of providing common-sense solutions to many issues facing the people of Saskatchewan. In his roles as Senior Policy Advisor and Senior Economist, he led the development of significant public policies and economic analyses in Alberta and Saskatchewan for the past fifteen years.
Faycal has worked for the Saskatchewan Ministry of Economic and Cooperative Development, Saskatchewan Ministry of Social Services, Saskatchewan Housing Corporation, Alberta Ministry of Human Services, Saskatchewan Ministry of Labour Relations and Workplace Safety and he is currently working for Saskatchewan Ministry of Finance.
While working for the Saskatchewan Ministry of Social Services, Faycal led the response to the Housing Task Force in 2008, by redesigning the Housing Supplement and indexing shelter allowance to assist low-income residents dealing with housing affordability issues. He also provided recommendations that led to the launch of the SAID program (Saskatchewan Assured Income for Disability).
During his time with the Alberta Ministry of Human Resources, Faycal helped shape a multibillions budget and helped launch the evaluation of the Housing First Program that housed 6,400 homeless people in Alberta.
At the Saskatchewan Ministry of Labour Relations and Workplace Safety, Faycal worked to ensure that workplace safety is paramount for Saskatchewan workers. He built a database system to support the OHS’s Targeted Intervention Compliance Strategy to reduce workplace injuries in Saskatchewan. His efforts have helped to reduce WCB claims and have contributed to an overall cost-saving of $26M.
At his current position as Senior Economic Statistician for the Ministry of Finance, Faycal is responsible for producing regular statistical reports on economic and demographic conditions in Saskatchewan. He also provides statistical advice and assistance to government organizations, businesses and the public. At this position, Faycal helped the Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission set the latest employment targets for four designated equity groups.
In 2017, he received the Performance Excellence Award and the Deputy Minister Award of Excellence, and he was nominated for the Premier’s Award for Excellence in the Public Service for his work.
As a dedicated leader, Faycal has served on many local boards, including the Food Bank, Spring Free from Racism and Amnesty International.