Executive Director - Toronto
Brad Graham is Executive Director of the Institute on Governance (IOG), Toronto. He is also a Fellow at the School of Public Policy and Governance at the University of Toronto. An economist, Brad spent 25 years in the Ontario Public Service in a variety of leadership positions. His areas of expertise include growth planning, innovation, health care and fiscal policy.
As Assistant Deputy Minister at the Ministry of Municipal Affairs, and later, Public Infrastructure, he was the driving force behind Ontario’s Places to Grow initiative, a 30-year growth plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe. The innovative and collaborative approach to planning has garnered national and international acclaim as the highest standard for growth planning, including winning the American Planning Association’s prestigious Daniel Burnham Award, an Award for Planning Excellence from the Canadian Institute of Planners, the first ever Leonard Gertler Award of Distinction from the Ontario Professional Planners Institute, and the Canadian Urban Institute’s 2008 Urban Leadership Award.
Brad Graham was also the Assistant Deputy Minister, Ministry of Research and Innovation overseeing the Ontario Network of Excellence – a world class network of innovation centres to assist entrepreneurs and technology-based firms to develop and thrive in the global marketplace.
Brad Graham also worked as the Director of Health Policy with the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care and held positions with the Premier’s Council on Health, Well-Being and Social Justice and with Treasury and Economics (now Ministry of Finance). Brad Graham was awarded Ontario’s Amethyst Award for excellence in public service.