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Matthew Mendelsohn

Public policy entrepreneur, researcher, educator and public sector executive

Matthew Mendelsohn is a public policy entrepreneur, researcher, educator and public sector executive. He has been using public policy to deliver economic and social impact for 25 years. He is currently a Visiting Professor and co-founder of Policy Response at Ryerson University in Toronto and a Senior Advisor to BCG’s Global Public Sector Practice.  2016-2020 he served as Deputy Secretary to the Cabinet in the Privy Council Office, where he led the Prime Minister’s Results & Delivery Unit and the Impact & Innovation Unit. He also co-led the Government of Canada data strategy, oversaw advice on digital and platform governance and designed Impact Canada, which developed Challenges and outcomes-based funding initiatives for the government. Previously, Matthew was the founding Director of the Mowat Centre, a public policy think tank in the School of Public Policy & Governance at the University of Toronto. During that time he published and lectured widely on government transformation, democratic institutions, social and economic policy and intergovernmental agreements. Matthew is a former Deputy Minister and Associate Secretary to the Cabinet with the Ontario government and a former Senior Advisor in the federal government’s Privy Council Office where he led the polling shop. He was a chief architect of the 2015 Liberal election platform and a member of Prime Minister Trudeau’s transition team.

Matthew received his B.A. from McGill University and Ph.D. from the l’Université de Montréal, and held a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of British Columbia. He was a tenured faculty member in the Department of Political Studies at Queen’s University for 10 years and has been an active board member for many not-for-profit and charitable organizations that support community well-being, civic engagement, and economic and social inclusion.