Executive Director - Public Governance
Prior to joining the Institute on Governance, Nathan was a top advisor with the Canadian Government having led the implementation of the country’s $4 billion Infrastructure Stimulus Fund, created in a response to the global economic development crisis in 2009-2010. Most recently, Nathan fulfilled the mandate given to him by the Deputy Minister of Transport Canada to revise the policy, program and legislation affecting all navigable waters in the country.
He has advised Ministers, Deputy Ministers, and executive ranks of the federal and provincial governments, as well as mayors and councilors, having served as a senior official at all three levels of government. As a former municipal CAO, provincial Executive Director, and federal Director General, Nathan has direct experience leading both large and small operations, the oversight of grants and contributions, policy development and organizational change. In his career, Nathan has also worked within a broad spectrum of fields including public private-private partnerships, intergovernmental relations, and with the transport, energy, infrastructure, and environment sectors. He has also been called upon to provide strategic and operational governance and infrastructure advice to top government officials from Eastern Europe, Malaysia and the Caribbean.
Nathan holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration in policy and governance and has 18 years of experience in the leadership of public sector institutions. Throughout his professional career, he has demonstrated superior leadership and strategic thinking skills in solving the country’s complex national regulatory, policy and infrastructure challenges. He is known as a consensus builder and a seeker of innovative solutions to difficult public sector challenges.
While Nathan continues to eagerly accept new challenges in his professional life, he has the most fun when he is with his wife Lisa, and two children Oscar and Olivia.