Team

Our highly experienced team of consultants has over 20 years experience exploring and developing innovative approaches to responsible and responsive governance and public sector leadership in Canada and abroad. We have worked sector-wide in public, private and not-for-profit institutions and bring a full network of expert resources to everything we do.

Maryantonett Flumian

President

Maryantonett Flumian

Maryantonett Flumian

President

As the President of the Institute on Governance, Maryantonett Flumian is responsible for the development of the Institute’s vision and strategic direction, project and partnership development, and the fostering of programs to promote public discussion of governance issues.

She is a seasoned senior executive at the Deputy Minister level in the Canadian federal Public Service with more than 20 years of large-scale operational experience in the economic, social and federal/provincial domains. She is internationally recognized for her work as a transformational leader across many complex areas of public policy and administration such as labour markets, firearms, fisheries, and environmental issues. She was the first Deputy Minister of Service Canada. Her current research focuses on leadership, collaboration, governance, and the transformational potential of technology primarily in the area of citizen-centered services. Maryantonett was at the University of Ottawa between 2006 and 2009 initiating programming for the development of senior public service leaders.

Maryantonett holds a Master’s Degree in History and completed comprehensive exams towards a PhD in History at the University of Ottawa.

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Jennifer Smith

Chief Operating Officer

Jennifer Smith

Jennifer Smith

Chief Operating Officer

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 be involved in thought leadership and in providing advisory services on modernization and transformation to a variety of IOG’s clients.

She has a wealth of experience in working with and coaching senior leadership teams in planning for the future and dealing with change in a timely and holistic way; engaging stakeholders at all levels of the organization and externally to inform transformations; and monitoring and reporting on results. Jennifer is a strong believer in the philosophy that “employees support what they help to create” and grounds her change management approach in both the critical work of John Kotter in helping organizations effectively manage and accelerate change and Prosci’s ADKAR model of individual change and capacity development. She has extensive experience consulting with and engaging key stakeholders, employees and unions to inform decision-making and provide input to renewal and business/organizational transformation initiatives. She is a recognized expert in group facilitation.

Jennifer holds a Master of Arts, Public Administration from Carleton University. She is a Certified Management Consultant and Credentialed Evaluator with the Canadian Evaluation Society.

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Laura Edgar

Vice President - Board & Organizational Governance

Laura Edgar

Laura Edgar

Vice President - Board & Organizational Governance

Laura leads the Institute’s work on board and organizational governance, including providing advisory services related to roles, responsibilities and functioning of boards of directors, strategic planning, member engagement and governance assessments.  She also provides tailored learning programs on request. She has a strong professional and academic background in the governance of public purpose organizations, indigenous governance, business management, adult education, and international programming.

Prior to joining the Institute, Ms. Edgar was the Programs Coordinator at the Institute for Leadership Development, where she led several programs for young professionals and young entrepreneurs. Her responsibilities included program management, liaising with Canadian and international partner organizations, and organizing training programs.

Ms. Edgar has completed an M.A. in Economics at the University of Guelph, and also holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Wilfrid Laurier University.  In addition, she lived and worked for two years in Guinea-Bissau, West Africa and two years in Japan, and has managed projects in South-East Asia and Lesotho.

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Toby Fyfe

Vice President - Learning Lab

Toby Fyfe

Toby Fyfe

Vice President - Learning Lab

Toby Fyfe is Vice President of the Learning Lab, where he is responsible for the IOG’s educational programs and courses aimed at providing tools and insight to enhance the skills of executives and officers at all levels of government, the private and the not-for-profit sectors.

Toby has extensive executive public sector experience in governance, service delivery, change management, and organisational design and performance. He developed the Treasury Board Alternate Service Delivery Policy and represented Canada at an OECD public management (PUMA) experts panel examining arm’s-length agency creation.

He has worked on a number of significant governance and change management initiatives including ones for the RCMP, the Caribbean Development Bank and the creation of the Natural Resources Canada Shared Services Office.
Toby has significant corporate communications management experience and expertise. He is an Adjunct Professor of Communication at the University of Ottawa and a former federal government head of communication. He led three studies for the Institute of Public Administration of Canada (IPAC) examining the impact of social media on public sector organisations. He was a broadcaster with CBC radio and television where he produced programs such as The HouseCross Country Checkup, and the first commercial-free version of Ottawa Morning.

He was editor-in-chief of Canadian Government Executive magazine for five years and is a member of IPAC.

He writes regularly on public management issues, both in a weekly e-newsletter for Canadian Government Executive.

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Barry Christoff

Vice President - Indigenous Governance

Barry Christoff

Barry Christoff

Vice President - Indigenous Governance

Barry Christoff is Vice-President of Indigenous Governance for the Institute on Governance (IOG). As a member of Saulteau First Nations in northeastern British Columbia, and a lawyer who has focused his career on joint First Nation and federal government initiatives, Barry is aware that listening, finding safe zones, and being respectful may assist in providing a foundation for positive change.

A solutions-driven leader, Barry enjoys collaborating with a team to come up with creative, effective ways to tackle complex Indigenous issues in challenging environments. He has several years’ experience at the national level in the areas of strategic planning, issue identification, intergovernmental / sectoral relationship building, and good governance practices, including developing successful policy and legislative initiatives that resulted in positive institutional change and development. This experience was acquired through positions with the Assembly of First Nations’ (AFN) head office in Ottawa, the Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development (DIAND) in Ottawa, and the First Nations Financial Management Board (FNFMB) in Vancouver. At the AFN, Barry led development of policy issues for Indian Monies and worked on revenue options and transfer options technical tables. He also worked with the AFN’s general legal counsel to set up a legal department within the AFN, and provided legal advice and research services for the Chiefs-in-Assembly. At DIAND, Barry worked with the Minister and Parliamentary Secretary of Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development during the passage of the First Nations Oil and Gas Moneys Management Act, First Nations Commercial and Industrial Development Act, and First Nations Fiscal and Statistical Management Act, providing advice and support for creating consensus-based solutions leading to all-party agreement on this suite of legislation. And at the FNFMB, Barry acted in the dual roles of Director of Corporate Services and Corporate Secretary, providing advice and implementing the setup of the FNFMB’s governance and corporate structure. Barry is a team player with a broad range of experience working on complex Indigenous issues in challenging environments leading to positive Indigenous institutional development.

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Sylvain Dubois

Vice President for International Governance

Sylvain Dubois

Sylvain Dubois

Vice President for International Governance

Sylvain Dubois is Vice President for International Governance at the Institute on Governance. Sylvain works in the Public Governance sector on various advisory projects and serves as a resource for the classroom in various training programs, notably the Executive Leadership Program. He is also involved as a resource in the Public Governance Exchange (PGEx), the IOG’s signature project on leading edge governance issues and practices.

Sylvain holds a Bachelor and a master of laws, both from the University of Ottawa, and has been a member of the Quebec Bar since 1978. With more than 30 years in the Federal public service, Sylvain is an action and result-oriented executive. With experience in the public and private sector and at the international level, Sylvain possesses a strong legal background with proven expertise in governance, ethics, security and organizational development, acquired notably as Director of operations at the Machinery of Government Secretariat in the Privy Council Office. He also has a long experience in public policy acquired over a 20-year period in various departments and agencies, notably in Service Canada as Senior Director General of Integrity Services and as Deputy Chief Electoral Officer responsible for the political financing regulatory program. He also has a rich experience of negotiation and mediation, acquired among others during his eight years spent in the private sector. Experienced in the provision of strategic advice to senior executives, with ability to work across organizational boundaries and engage stakeholders effectively, Sylvain has demonstrated capacity to liaise with various audiences within and outside government and capacity to work with limited information and with a high tolerance for ambiguity. Sylvain is a team player, consensus builder and credible spokesperson with a keen sense of ethics and commitment. He has managed staff up to approximately 200 employees and budgets up to $22M. Sylvain is an active community volunteer.

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Davide Cargnello

Vice President Public Governance and Research

Davide Cargnello

Davide Cargnello

Vice President Public Governance and Research

As Vice President Public Governance and Research, Davide leads the Institute’s research practice. His responsibilities include directing the Institute’s research agenda and programs, building partnerships, and providing advisory services to public sector clients.

Davide has a strong professional and academic background in accountability, risk, institutional and applied ethics, digital governance, and theories of public administration, gained through fifteen years of experience in the academic and public sectors in Canada and the UK.

Current major initiatives include a multi-year applied research and engagement program focusing on the impacts of digital culture and technologies on Westminster governing institutions, an initiative on risk, accountability and innovation in the public sector, research on federalism, decentralization and democratic reform, and a research and engagement project on indigenous governance.

Before joining the Institute, Davide was a lecturer at the University of Oxford and a visiting scholar at McGill University. He completed a doctorate in ethics at the University of Oxford, a master’s in public administration at Carleton University, a master’s in philosophy at the University of Oxford, and a bachelor’s degree at McGill University.

He is fluent in English, French and Italian with working knowledge of Spanish and German.

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Michele Lajeunesse

Vice President - Digital Governance

Michele Lajeunesse

Michele Lajeunesse

Vice President - Digital Governance

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 tech firms, and has provided her expertise as an experienced Senior Management Consultant in program management, business process transformation, organizational change strategies, and alternative service delivery channels to numerous federal public sector ADM and DM level initiatives.

Michele continues to be instrumental in introducing innovative approaches and solutions to business problems across the Canadian Government, and to advocate for women in technology through her participation in various ICT associations.

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Brad Graham

Vice President, Toronto

Brad Graham

Brad Graham

Vice President, Toronto

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 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.

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Gérard Étienne

Associate Vice President - Learning Lab

Gérard Étienne

Gérard Étienne

Associate Vice President - Learning Lab

As Associate Vice President of the Learning Lab, Gérard is responsible to develop curriculum to meet the leadership and governance challenges of the Public Service. The cross-sectoral nature of the work requires building partnerships with multiple levels of government and private sector organizations. As well he is called upon to conceive a growth plan for expanding the learning lab offerings and lead the IOG as a preferred service provider in leadership and governance. His other responsibilities center around international development, more precisely support to emerging countries in structuring their public service.

Prior to joining the IOG, he worked as Vice-President Operations for the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. I was accountable for providing national leadership and management for the development and implementation of national operational policies, practices and processes for the delivery of a multi-faceted comprehensive, cohesive and integrated science-based policy and regulatory inspection and audit regime for the agricultural, fish and seafood, and agri-food sectors.

He has completed his comprehensive exams for a Ph.D. in Industrial Relations. Université de Montréal. (thesis pending). In addition, he has an M.B.A. Financial Services. Université du Québec à Montréal; a Master of Industrial Relations. Université du Québec à Hull; a Master of Education. University of Ottawa; a Bachelor of Social Sciences. University of Ottawa; a Bachelor of Administration. University of Ottawa. He was conferred the designation of Fellow of the Institute of Canadian Bankers, with honours and he has a, Certificate in Public Sector Leadership and Governance, from the University of Ottawa, Center for Public Management and Policy.

He is passionate about diversity, human rights, employment equity.

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Nathan Gorall

Executive Director - Public Governance

Nathan Gorall

Nathan Gorall

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.

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Karl Salgo

Executive Director - Public Governance

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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Steve Tierney

Executive Director - Modernizing Governance

Steve Tierney

Steve Tierney

Executive Director - Modernizing Governance

Steve Tierney is Executive Director – Modernizing Governance at the Institute on Governance. He has spent over 20 years in leadership positions for the federal government of Canada. His last position was Assistant Deputy Minister, Markets and Industry Services Branch at Agriculture Canada, a position he held between 2009 and 2012. A major focus of his work at Agriculture Canada was establishing new governance arrangements with other departments to more efficiently and effectively resolve agriculture trade issues with other national governments.

Previous to this, he was Assistant Deputy Minister, Human Resources at Agriculture and Agri-Foods Canada where he led the design and implementation of a number of changes to human resources management, including in the area of staffing, executive performance, and tracking and reporting systems that were recognized as best practices and are now being used in a number of departments.

He also has taken the role of Director General of the Aboriginal Policy and Program Branch at the Department of Fisheries and Oceans and spent 20 years for the Department of Finance, working on issues in the energy policy, federal-provincial-territorial relations and tax policy areas. He led the design and implementation of a number of innovative policy and program changes, including working with First Nations and provinces to establish the first First Nation Sales Tax arrangements, working with industry stakeholders and US officials to put in place the processes needed for the federal government to begin raising tobacco taxes in the late 1990s, and working with provinces and territories and other federal departments to reform provincial personal income taxation.

Mr. Tierney has successfully found and implemented innovative solutions to longstanding issues in a broad spectrum of policy and program areas. He has found that success is almost always tied to the strength and appropriateness of the governance model chosen.

Steve has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Mathematics and Economics from York University and a Masters of Economics from the University of British Columbia.

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Hon. Marie-P. Charette-Poulin, B.A., LL.B., M.A.

Senior Project Manager

Hon. Marie-P. Charette-Poulin, B.A., LL.B., M.A.

Hon. Marie-P. Charette-Poulin, B.A., LL.B., M.A.

Senior Project Manager

As a Senior Associate on the team of the Institute on Governance, the Honourable Marie-P. Charette-Poulin brings her experience and expertise as a former parliamentarian in the Senate of Canada, as a former senior public servant and as a former senior executive at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

Her work and contributions have been recognized in Canada and abroad, including by the President of France with the "Ordre national de la Légion d'honneur".

Marie Poulin currently sits on several boards including the Advisory Committee for "Canada's Outstanding CEO of the Year" award and the "Actra Fraternal Benefit Society". She is a member of the Bar of the Upper Canada Law Society. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (magna cum laude) from Laurentian University, a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Ottawa and a Masters in Social Sciences from the University of Montreal.

The Honourable Marie-P. Charette-Poulin is married to international portrait painter Bernard Poulin. They have two adult daughters.

Michael O’Neill

Senior Director

Michael O’Neill

Michael O’Neill

Senior Director

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.

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Jeff Kinder

Director, Innovation Lab

Jeff Kinder

Jeff Kinder

Director, Innovation Lab

Jeff has almost 30 years of experience in government science and innovation policy in the US and Canada.  His US experience includes the National Science Foundation, the National Academies and the Naval Research Laboratory. 

In Canada, Jeff has worked at Industry Canada, Natural Resources Canada and the Council of Science and Technology Advisors.  Most recently, he led the Federal Science and Technology Secretariat supporting the Minister of Science, the Deputy Minister Champion for Federal S&T and related initiatives.

Jeff is author of Government Science 2020: Re-thinking Public Science in a Networked Age and co-author with Bruce Doern of Strategic Science in the Public Interest: Canada’s Government Laboratories and Science-Based Agencies (U. Toronto Press, 2007).  He is author and co-editor with Paul Dufour of a forthcoming volume on the history of the Science Council of Canada. He holds a PhD in public policy, a Master’s in science, technology and public policy, and a BS is physics.

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Matt Jackson

Director

Matt Jackson

Matt Jackson

Director

Matt supports the Institute's work on Digital and Public Governance, with an interest in the implications of new technology, such as blockchain and artificial intelligence. He has a strong track record of managing research projects from planning to completion, making evidence-based decisions, and providing actionable policy recommendations. Mr. Jackson is fluent in mixed-methods research methodologies as well as statistics.

Prior to joining the Institute, Mr. Jackson was a Senior Research Analyst with R.A. Malatest & Associates, Ltd., an independent Canadian Program Evaluation firm, where he managed several large-scale projects for federal, provincial, and municipal government clients, as well as private industry.

Mr. Jackson has completed an M.Sc. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Toronto, and also holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Carleton University.

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Tim Gauthier

Director, Research

Tim Gauthier

Tim Gauthier

Director, Research

Tim Gauthier has over 5 experience in knowledge gathering and qualitative research with various clients in the not-for-profit sector and of all levels of government in the knowledge areas of board and organizational governance, organizational effectiveness, public sector governance and indigenous governance. He has undertaken work for clients such as Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada,  The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, Champlain Local Health and Integration Network, and the National Aboriginal Capital Corporations Association, providing advisory  services such as  facilitated workshops, board assessments, comparative research and case studies, document reviews, and stakeholder interviews.

In his time as  Governance Analyst at the Royal  College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, Tim was responsible for providing high-quality  analytical  and advisory services for the overall health of the organization’s governance ecosystem. Tim led several initiatives that called for extensive collaboration with stakeholders, including  a subsidiary governance strategic review, a board and committee orientation and education.

Among other initiatives, Tim is currently focused on  the IOG’s Indigenous research efforts.

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Emmanuel Morin

Director Engagement

Emmanuel Morin

Emmanuel Morin

Director Engagement

As Director Engagement, Manny's objective is to strengthen's the institute's relationship with the private and the public sector. In addition to working on partnerships, Manny is also responsible for content management on the institute's website and social media profiles.

Manny is a seasoned public affairs professional. He comes to the Institute on Governance with 15 years of experience in politics and government relations. He has worked for the Rt. Hon. Paul Martin and the late  Hon. Jean Lapierre. As a lobbyist, he has represented some of Canada's largest companies.

Manny is an alumni of the University of Ottawa, having studied political science at the undergraduate level and Common Law at the graduate level. He is fluent in French and English and has working knowledge of Spanish and Arabic.

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Brian Huskins

Senior Fellow, Not-for-Profit Governance

Brian Huskins

Brian Huskins

Senior Fellow, Not-for-Profit Governance

Brian Huskins has extensive knowledge and experience in not-for-profit governance work at the local, national and international levels spanning over 25 years.

He has worked with organizations to develop attainable strategic plans, designed effective communications strategies and ensured that stakeholders are engaged in the decisions that impact their lives.

Working with a broad range of clients from the public sector and the civil society sector, Brian has proactively been a leader in the analysis of public policy, development of organizational policies and advocated for inclusive dialogue in working towards change. The author of a number of research papers on public policy and stakeholder engagement, Brian has written extensively around HIV/AIDS issues for various publications and has two published works: “Sexual Identity: The Journey Begins” and “Breaking the Skin: Tattooing and Body Piercing – Know the Risks”.

In 2000, Brian was one of 25 Calgarians chosen to participate in the inaugural course of Leadership Calgary, a unique action study and community focused program designed to identify and motivate aspiring leaders in Calgary.

He has served on a number of Ministerial Advisory Committees and represented civil society in a broad range of consultations; including the NGO representation on the 3×5 Evaluation Steering Committee with the World Health Organization and as a member of the Canadian Delegation to the United Nations General Assembly Special Session on HIV/AIDS.

In 2014 Brian received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal recognizing his contribution to Canadian society.

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Mohammed Abdulkareem

Project Manager

Mohammed Abdulkareem

Mohammed Abdulkareem

Project Manager

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 and team member, offering a unique combination of creativity and analytical skill.

Before joining the Institute on Governance, Mohammed worked with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in Iraq as a project manager for the Public Sector Modernization Program (I-PSM). During this period, he worked in close collaboration and strategic partnership with the Institute on Governance in Iraq through its contribution in the I-PSM Program. In addition to further developing his strong project management skills, he developed strong interpersonal relationships with senior government officials.

Mohammed spent 10 years working with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in Iraq. In addition to his role in running UNICEF’s regular programs, he was also an active team member in emergency response and recovery programs in Iraq. This work provided him with knowledge and experience in the challenges faced in post-conflict societies and the difficult transition issues that they face. His successes in this role were a result of his ability to develop close working relationships with governmental and international officials working on multi-partner projects.

Mohammed holds a Master Degree in Management of Development from the University of Turin in Italy and a Bachelor of Sciences in Civil Engineering from University of Baghdad in IRAQ. He works fluently in English and Arabic. He and his wife have three children; Amnah, Ahmed and Ammar.

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Catherine Waters

Manager, Learning Lab

Catherine Waters

Catherine Waters

Manager, Learning Lab

Catherine Waters is Manager of the Learning Lab with the Institute on Governance. She has extensive experience as a consultant, researcher and instructor/facilitator in the areas of public management, public policy, organizational development and corporate governance. Catherine has a special interest in the areas of modernizing governance, citizen engagement and democratic participation, and Aboriginal governance. Catherine has co-authored articles in a number of policy journals. In the area of professional development and life-long learning, she developed and delivered distance learning for the Government of Nunavut and the Certified Management Accountants to expand access to training opportunities to a wider group of public servants.

Catherine teaches in Carleton University’s MA program in Public Policy and Administration, on Public Management and Labour Relations & Collective Bargaining.

Catherine previously worked in London U.K. as a Senior HR Manager for British Telecommunications plc, focusing on international business development in the US and EU and labour relations. Particular areas of interest included integration of international joint ventures, organizational change, and professional development and training.

Catherine holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and French literature (Honours) from the University of Victoria, a Masters in Public Policy and Administration from Carleton University and an MSc in Labour Economics (With Distinction) from the London School of Economics.

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Steve Tomlins

Senior Researcher

Steve Tomlins

Steve Tomlins

Senior Researcher

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 co-editor of two international academic volumes pertaining to atheist identities and nonreligious expression.  He has also studied multiculturalism, secularism, religion and the media, and the intersections between religious expression and Canadian law.  While at the University of Ottawa Steven worked as a Teaching Assistant for twenty undergraduate classes, and he was a student team member of the SSHRC-funded Religion and Diversity Project.

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Dustin Munroe

Senior Researcher

Dustin Munroe

Dustin Munroe

Senior Researcher

Dustin has been a Research Officer at the Institute on Governance since September of 2012. Much of his work at the IOG involves research, writing, and logistical support for advisory services projects. These projects serve clients that seek expertise from the IOG in our knowledge areas of not-for-profit governance and public sector governance. Another area where Dustin has been deployed is in support of the IOG’s Public Governance Exchange (PGEx) applied research initiative. In addition to his responsibilities in advisory services, Dustin is also active at the IOG in event planning, business development, and communications.

Dustin’s current governance interests are in the areas of board governance, stakeholder relations, collaborative governance, and distributed governance organizations. He also has an ongoing interest in public policy, provincial politics, and federal politics. Before joining the IOG, Dustin worked for the Government of Saskatchewan and the Saskatoon StarPhoenix daily newspaper. He completed Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees in political science at the University of Saskatchewan.

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Mark Robbins

Senior Researcher

Mark Robbins

Mark Robbins

Senior Researcher

Mark's work principally addresses impact of the digital revolution on government, governance and public administration. Mark can be found working on a range of projects related to 21st century policy areas including modernization, innovation and digital government.

Prior to joining the IOG, he held various research positions on economic and political affairs, including at the Munk School at the University of Toronto, the Conference Board of Canada, UN-ESCAP, the Canadian Transportation Agency and the Parliament of Canada.
Mark holds a Bachelor of Social Science in Political Science from the University of Ottawa, an M.A. in Political Economy from Carleton University and a certificate in commerce from Mohawk College.

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Sahar Alnakeb

Research Officer

Sahar Alnakeb

Sahar Alnakeb

Research Officer

Before joining the Institute, Sahar was an International Student Advisor at Thompson Rivers University and a Senior Academic Advisor at the Saudi Arabian Cultural Bureau.  Sahar holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Computer Engineering from University of Ottawa, and has finished several courses toward Master of Arts in Leadership from Royal Roads University.  Sahar works in English and Arabic and she is fluent in Persian as well. In addition she has three wonderful children: Alaa, Hussain, and Jenna.

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Cory Campbell

Program Manager, Executive Learning

Cory Campbell

Cory Campbell

Program Manager, Executive Learning

Cory joined the Institute on Governance in May 2016 and works primarily on the IOG’s Executive Leadership Program at the Learning Lab. His research interests include digital governance, intellectual property rights, international relations, and modernizing governance.

Prior to joining the IOG, he worked on Parliament Hill for a Member of Parliament and Party Leader. He also held a Junior Research Fellowship at an international think tank where he studied the governance issues with digital intellectual property rights.

Cory holds a Master of Arts degree in Global Governance from the Balsillie School of International Affairs at the University of Waterloo and a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations from the University of British Columbia.

Cory is currently a member of the Institute of Public Administration of Canada (IPAC) and the Canadian Study of Parliament Group (CSPG).

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Jason Landry

IT Support Technician

Jason Landry

Jason Landry

IT Support Technician
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Heather Reith

Client Service and Learning Events Coordinator

Heather Reith

Heather Reith

Client Service and Learning Events Coordinator

Heather joined the Institute on Governance in September 2015, after completing both the Professional Accounting Diploma and the Business Accounting Advanced Diploma at Algonquin College.

Prior to joining the IOG, she held management positions in retail and restaurant settings, as well as spending eight years with a financial institution. Heather is actively involved in her community through various volunteering engagements and has two wonderful children: Winston and Sofia.

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