IOG Supports AmericasBarometer

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IOG was pleased to partner with the Environics Institute in support of this important initiative, which includes rich trend data signalling the health of democracy across the hemisphere and tracking the evolving views of citizens towards their governments, institutions and civic life. Canadian participation strengthens the robustness of this project by providing benchmark data, and the IOG is proud to contribute to this objective. At the same time, a range of Canada-specific questions enriches our understanding of our own country and discloses some interesting insights as to how Canadians feel about the quality and effectiveness of their democracy, the relative strength of their institutions, and their level of trust in the people who serve them.

About the author

Karl Salgo

Karl Salgo

Executive Director - Public Governance

Karl heads the Public Governance Exchange(PGEx), the IOG’s multi-jurisdictional program of applied research and knowledge exchange on public sector governance.

A career public servant, Karl has degrees in political science, history and law from the University of Toronto and in public administration from the Queen’s University School of Policy Studies.  He worked for many years in the federal Department of Finance, in areas as diverse as tax policy, communications and financial markets.  In the latter capacity, Karl helped to establish the governance framework for the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, and later served as Chief of Capital Markets Policy.

From 2004 to 2012, Karl worked in the Privy Council Office’s Machinery of Government Secretariat, where he provided advice to the Clerk of the Privy Council and the Prime Minister on the organization and structure of the Government of Canada – the Cabinet, portfolios, and the creation, winding-up and governance of individual organizations.

As Director of Strategic Policy from 2007 to 2012, Karl was the secretariat’s lead authority on Crown corporation governance, the conventions of the Westminster system, and the conduct standards applicable to ministers and other senior public office holders.  Karl was the author/editor of numerous PCO publications, including Accountable Government: A Guide for Ministers and Ministers of State and Guidance for Deputy Ministers.  Actively involved in realizing the myriad governance and accountability changes that flowed from the Federal Accountability Act, Karl played a lead role in the design and implementation of the accounting officer mechanism of deputy minister accountability.

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