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 with the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat, Justice Canada, Health Canada, and Foreign Affairs and International Trade over a 22-year career with Canada’s government.
In these roles Michael provided expert advice to ministers, senior officials, and national and international government representatives on a variety of public policy and public governance issues and developed project-related international and national networks of experts and officials. Michael’s areas of practice are public sector governance, citizen engagement and democratization, and public sector accountability and transparency.
Michael previously joined the IOG between 2010 and 2012 through Interchange Canada to manage projects on public sector governance, NGO governance, performance measurement and evaluation.
Since 1997 Michael has taught and researched in the fields of Canadian and international politics and public administration at the University of Ottawa and the École nationale d’administration publique. He is the author of numerous peer-reviewed articles and policy papers on public sector governance, social policy and professional training pedagogy. Michael has also contributed his expertise to the design and delivery of professional training programmes and capacity building sessions for audiences of national and international public officials.