Profiles

Michele Lajeunesse

Michele recently joined the IOG where she leads the Institute’s work on digital governance, including providing advisory services related to the transformation of government service delivery in the digital age. Prior to joining the IOG, Michele was Executive Director and Director of Content for GTEC, and Chair of the GTEC Board of Governors. With a career spanning over 20 years in the ICT industry, Michele has also held Vice-President positions leading Business Development, Pre-Sales, and Post-Sales organizations for two local… Read more

Yusuf Celik

Yusuf joined the Institute on Governance in April 2017 as a Project Officer focusing on the Fiscal Federalism and Decentralization Project in Iraq. Yusuf has worked in a number of countries including the USA, Canada, Iraq, Nepal and Turkey. He has experience in project coordination, service operations and the non-profit service industry. Yusuf holds a Bachelor of Arts degree with double major in Political Science and Middle East Studies from the Portland State University, a Masters in International Relations focused… Read more

Mohammed Abdulkareem

Mohammed is a Project Manager working on the Fiscal Federalism, Decentralization and Resiliency Building Project being implemented by the Institute on Governance in Iraq. He brings more than 20 years of experience and knowledge obtained from various positions in development programs, humanitarian and crisis response activities and engineering projects, within the United Nations family of organizations, as well as in the public and private sectors in Iraq and the Sultanate of Oman. He is a flexible, creative, and results-oriented professional… Read more

Emily Hewitt

Emily is a Research Co-op Student at the Institute on Governance, with interests in shared governance, digital initiatives, citizen engagement, and indigenous governance. She holds a BA in International Relations from the University of British Columbia and is completing her Masters of Public Policy and Administration at Carleton University. Emily’s past experience includes the Towards a Sustainable Fishery for Nunavummiut Project, the Ontario Legislature Internship Program, and the Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada’s Evaluation Internship. She is fluent in English… Read more

Jennifer Smith

Jennifer Smith has over 20 years direct consulting and research experience as a senior advisor in organizational assessment; business/organizational renewal, talent management and transformation initiatives in the public, not-for-profit and private sectors. She also has a recognized expertise in risk-based and results based management and reporting on results and communicating value added. She has worked for a variety of organizations most recently as President of Intergage Consulting Group Inc. In addition to her role in supporting IOG’s operations, she will… Read more

Michael O’Neill

Michael A. O’Neill brings a blend of professional experience in the public sector and scholarly experience in post-secondary education to his position of Senior Learning Advisor at the Institute on Governance. In September 2016 Michael returned to Canada following an 18-month mandate with the OECD where he managed and made substantive contributions to public governance and capacity building projects in the Eurasia, European, and Middle East and North Africa (MENA) regions.  This appointment followed a succession of senior policy positions… Read more

Brad Graham

Brad Graham is Vice President 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… Read more

Tiffany Barnes-Huggins

Tiffany is a Research Officer at the Institute on Governance where she contributes to the research team in the areas of public governance, digital governance, board governance and indigenous governance. Additional research areas of interest to her include: inter-organizational collaboration, nonprofit governance, social innovation, and organizational development. Prior to joining IOG, she held positions at Carleton University as a Graduate Research Assistant and under the Ulsan Metropolitan Office of Education in South Korea as an ESL teacher at a public elementary school. Tiffany holds a… Read more

Steve Tomlins

Steven Tomlins is a Senior Researcher at the Institute on Governance. He obtained his Bachelor of Arts at the University of Prince Edward Island with a major in Religious Studies and a double minor in Political Studies and Art History, graduating with the highest academic standing in the final year of his program. In 2016, he obtained his Doctorate degree in Religious Studies from the University of Ottawa. His PhD thesis focused on atheist experiences in Canada, and he is… Read more

Lauren Hogan

Lauren has joined the Institute on Governance for the summer as a Founder’s Intern. Her research interests include international criminal law and procedure as well as European and Russian studies with particular emphasis on Russian foreign policy and European Union policy-making processes. Prior to joining the IOG, she worked as an intern with The Hague Center for Strategic Studies in the Netherlands and as a coop student with the United Nations Association in Canada. Lauren recently graduated from Carleton University where… Read more

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