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.

Toby Fyfe

President

Toby Fyfe

Toby Fyfe

President

Toby Fyfe is President of the Institute on Governance in Ottawa.

For the last seven years he has led the IOG’s public sector leadership and capacity-building programs and courses aimed at providing tools and insights to enhance the skills of executives and officers at all levels of government.

He has led the design, curriculum development and delivery of multiple federal government year-long Executive Leadership Programs and Inter-Jurisdictional Executive Leadership Programs in Toronto and Nova Scotia, the latter in partnership with the Dalhousie School of Management. He also is responsible at the IOG for multi-year programs with the Government of Nunavut that build both leadership capacity and policy expertise.

Toby spent over twenty years with the government of Canada in central agencies (Privy Council Office, Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat) and government departments. His last post was as Assistant Commissioner, Corporate Services at the Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages.

Before he joined the Institute, he worked with the Commissioner of the RCMP on a change initiative.

Toby is an Adjunct Professor of Communication at the University of Ottawa and was

editor-in-chief of Canadian Government Executive magazine for five years.

He was a broadcaster with CBC radio and television where he produced programs such as The House, Cross Country Checkup, and the first commercial-free version of Ottawa Morning.

He has an MA from the University of Ottawa and has attended the Harvard Kennedy School Executive Education program.

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David Murchison

Senior Vice President, International and Iraq

David Murchison

David Murchison

Senior Vice President, International and Iraq

David Murchison has broad experience in both the public and private sectors. This work has covered strategic planning, organizational design and development, policy development, operations and programming evaluation. He has been responsible for work encompassing the energy sector, economic development, the financial sector, small business and infrastructure to name a few.

David retired from the federal public service in October 2018, where his last position was Assistant Deputy Minister - Policy at Infrastructure Canada. Immediately prior he was Canada’s Executive Director at the Asian Development Bank based in the Philippines. He was with Finance Canada’s Financial Sector Policy Branch for most of his time in the public sector, beginning in the mid 1990’s. He began his career at Imperial Oil in Toronto and held various management positions in the downstream business before leaving to run a mid-sized electronics business, also in Toronto. A little later, he and his spouse sought out Ottawa to better balance work and life with what was then a young family.

His consulting assignments have been largely focused in the financial sector, both domestically and internationally.

David has an MA in Economics from Queens University, Kingston Ontario. He completed the Institute of Corporate Directors program in Asia in 2016. David lives in Ottawa with his spouse Helga Ehrlich, a family doctor. They have 3 sons.

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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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François Gagnon

Vice President - Learning Lab

François Gagnon

François Gagnon

Vice President - Learning Lab

Francois is the Vice-President of the Learning Lab at the IOG. He brings rich experience in the area of public sector learning and leadership, most recently as founder and President of Lead-Action, and will be using his knowledge and expertise to build on the IOG’s strong reputation in this area.

During his 25 years career in eight departments of the Public Service of Canada, Mr. Gagnon had the privilege to organize national ministerial consultations on Aid Effectiveness, to negotiate international and federal-provincial agreements on criminal information exchange and to lead national Grants and Contribution programs. More recently, at the Canada School of Public Service, he was providing government-wide services as Director of Strategic Change and Coaching services. As Senior Director of Leadership Development, he managed and oversaw the review of the School’s entire suite of Leadership Development products.

Mr. Gagnon has a Degree in Computer Science and a Masters in Project Management during which he specialized in Leadership and Change Management. Over the last 20 years, he has been lecturing in Leadership and Change at the University of Ottawa and Université du Québec en Outaouais. He completed required certifications to teach and administer products from the Center for Creative Leadership as well as many other psychometric instruments. He has facilitated and has managed the delivery of a large number of Leadership Development products and courses, including organizational 360-degree feedback processes and executive coaching in a large number of organizations in Canada and abroad. Mr. Gagnon was also invited to teach Leadership and Change Management at the University of Moscow and at the Russian Academy of Public Administration and has led the development of a Leadership Development program for Deputy Ministers of the Government of Ukraine.

In addition to his professional activities, Mr. Gagnon holds a Private Pilot license and is a classically trained pianist who performs regularly in the region.

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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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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

Vice President - Diversity and Inclusion

Gérard Étienne

Gérard Étienne

Vice President - Diversity and Inclusion

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

As Executive Director of Public Governance, Karl provides advisory services to multiple levels of government (provincial, federal and international) on all aspects of public sector governance, including institutional capacity, the center of government, organizational design and effectiveness, accountability, oversight, and risk management. He also plays a lead role in the IOG's research initiatives, including the work of the Public Governance Exchange, a syndicated, multi-jurisdictional forum for developing and exchanging ideas on public sector governance. Additionally, Karl provides educational services to public servants and appointees on a broad range of subjects, ranging from policy development and MC preparation to political savvy and the operations of government, to the responsibilities of directors in a wide range of public institutions.

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 Senior Project Manager, the Honourable Marie-P. Charette-Poulin brings to the team of the Institute on Governance her experience and expertise as a former parliamentarian in the Senate of Canada, former partner with the international law firm Gowlings, now Gowling WLG, former senior public servant at the Privy Council Office, Founding CEO of a quasi-judicial federal tribunal, and former senior executive at the CBC/Radio-Canada.

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.

Madeleine Meilleur

Senior Advisor

Madeleine Meilleur

Madeleine Meilleur

Senior Advisor

Madeleine Meilleur initially pursued a professional career in nursing and subsequently in labor law. She assumed professional roles within a number of local, provincial and national organizations. Building on this experience, she then pursued a career in public service as an elected official. During that 25-year period, she assumed prominent roles in both the municipal and provincial governments.  At the provincial level particularly, she took on significant official roles and duties progressively rising through the ranks with increasing responsibilities in the Government of Ontario.  During her tenure, she held several ministerial portfolios including those of Attorney General, Community Safety & Correctional Services, Community & Social Services, Culture, as well as Francophone Affairs. 

Madeleine Meilleur's public service career has been defined firstly by her significant capacity to represent the interests and aspirations of her constituent communities while acting within the broader plans and political directions of the Provincial Government. She built a reputation as a strong advocate and leader with her capacity to bring parties together and her personal aptitudes to create broad consensus and cooperation in the face of difficult challenges among a wide diversity of milieus and stakeholders.  Her political engagement has been deeply rooted in a strong value-system, drawn from her upbringing in a rural setting, a large close-knit family and a father who owned a small business. Madeleine Meilleur’s public service career was characterized by rigorous work ethics, an ever-present spirit of dialogue and collaboration in addition to a constant focus on the improvement of services provided to the public.   

Madeleine Meilleur has retired from politics. She is currently Senior Associate at the Institute on Governance where her focus is primarily on a major, multi-year project, Fiscal Decentralization and Resiliency-Building for the Government of Iraq.

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

Executive Director - Science and Innovation

Jeff Kinder

Jeff Kinder

Executive Director - Science and Innovation

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 in 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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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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Adil Al-Lami

Project Officer

Adil Al-Lami

Adil Al-Lami

Project Officer

Adil Al-Lami is a lawyer, an independent politician, a human rights’ activist, and an electoral expert. He was born in Baghdad on the side of al-Karkh in 1957. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in political science from the University of Baghdad and a Bachelor of Law from the University of Baghdad. He was appointed by the United Nations as the first president of the Iraqi Independent Electoral Commission. He was a member of the Iraqi Human Rights Organization, founded in 1960. He participated in the 2010 parliamentary elections in Iraq, but did not win this election. He continued to do civil work after becoming president of the human rights organization. He currently lives in Baghdad and remains engaged in civil society activities. He has submitted many reform projects concerning the election law, which he proposed to the Iraqi parliament and a number of deputies to be considered.

Salam Mohammed

Project Officer

Salam Mohammed

Salam Mohammed

Project Officer

Salam has a Master’s degree in Management of Development, and a Diploma in Strategic Management. He has worked for international organizations since 2006. He began his first job as a vocational training project officer; one year later he became the apprenticeship’s supervisor. He then moved to another project “Community Action Program” as the manager for Assistance for Civilian Victims and Approvals. With his experience in leadership training and capacity development, he worked for the International City Management Association (ICMA) as a Local Government Trainer, while also working for the Tijara project as Communication and Outreach Deputy Director. Salam has worked for the Program Unit in the UNDP Iraq. He has a sound knowledge in program/ project management, planning, preparation, implementation, M&E, and strategic thinking, and excellent communication and negotiation skills.

Steven Tomlins

Senior Researcher

Steven Tomlins

Steven Tomlins

Senior Researcher

Steven Tomlins is a Senior Researcher at the Institute on Governance. In 2016, he obtained his Doctorate degree in Religious Studies from the University of Ottawa, and he is co-editor of two international academic volumes (Springer 2015; Brill International, 2017), pertaining to religion, irreligion, identity, and expression.

Steven’s experience at the IOG includes project coordination, primary research, secondary research, communications, and report writing. Much of his work at the IOG involves research, writing, and logistical support for public sector projects. These projects include mandate reviews, governance reviews, strategic planning processes, policy research, distributed governance research, models of multilevel/inter-jurisdictional governance, and nation-to-nation (Indigenous/Federal government) relations. His recent projects include comparative case studies on international infrastructure and building code regulatory processes and two projects for the New Fiscal Relationship Working Group shared by the Assembly of First Nations and the Department of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada.


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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 as well as how government itself impacts technological development through its actions for governing the ICT sector. Mark can be found working on a range of projects related to 21st century policy areas including digital transformation, innovation, digital government and artificial intelligence. When not writing research, Mark also organizes the IOG's Policy Crunch speaker series and annual Future Forum conference.

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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Mike Fleet

Senior Researcher

Mike Fleet

Mike Fleet

Senior Researcher

As a Senior Researcher with the Institute on Governance, Mike Fleet works with the Iraq Team where he helps to implement the Fiscal Federalism, Decentralization and Resiliency Building Project. His research focus is on Iraqi politics, federalism, state-building, and conflict dynamics.

Prior to joining the IOG, Mike worked with Global Affairs Canada as a Junior Policy Analyst. He also held a Junior Research Fellowship with an international think tank where he wrote policy recommendations for the Canadian government on China's Belt and Road Initiative.

Mike completed 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 in Political Science from Memorial University of Newfoundland.

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Ali Albawi

Project Assistant

Ali Albawi

Ali Albawi

Project Assistant

Ali Albawi holds a chemical engineering degree from the American University of Beirut. He started his career with international organizations in Iraq. He was first employed in a USAID project/Taqadum, on Governance and Decentralization, in the comunication department and was responsible of the manual issuance process. He then moved to the Institute on Governance as a Project Assistant. Ali has more than 5 years experience working on youth development both in Lebanon and Iraq through his volunteer activities, where he developed his management, communication and training skills. He planned and successfully implemented the Youth Parliament Summit at the International Conference in Baghdad in January, 2018.

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 suite of executive leadership programs at the Learning Lab. His research interests include digital governance, diversity and inclusion, change management, international relations, and exploring the role of civil society.

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 has worked on various projects and proposals at the IOG. Topics of research have included the future role of civil society, Northern governance, organizational culture change and change management, and public sector leadership and governance.

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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Ali Ihsan

Project Assistant

Ali Ihsan

Ali Ihsan

Project Assistant

Ali Ihsan was born and raised in Baghdad. He graduated from Al-Nahrain University with a BSc in Business Economics/Investment Management and Resources, and proceeded to work as an Accounting Assistant at Al-Safa Company. He then worked as a logistic supervisor at the Karbala Refinery Project from June 2017 to December 2017. He currently works at the IOG as logistic and operations assistant. Ali is passionate about volunteer work: he co-founded and volunteered in many projects, including the UNDP/Innovation for Development Project, Friends of UNICEF Group, Basmat Amal and Active Citizen Program/British Council.

Mohannad Sabah

Administrative Support

Mohannad Sabah

Mohannad Sabah

Administrative Support

His administrative work as an accountant, facilitator, translator, and office manager gave him a great opportunity to gain measurable knowledge with the work required to facilitate visa issuance for non-Iraqi citizens, and build trust with clients of the Gorkem company. Since the company is based inside the International Zone (IZ), he worked as the sole representative for all staff IZ badges. The projects his company managed includes preparations for the Arab Summit Conference 2012 held in Baghdad. The conference required variety of efforts with logistics and with conducting diplomacy meetings with the Arab Diplomatic Missions. Mohannad’s work also included the English interpretation for these meetings and with the translation of official documents exchanged with the Iraqi Government.

Rebecca Hollett

Coordinator, Learning Lab

Rebecca Hollett

Rebecca Hollett

Coordinator, Learning Lab

Rebecca joined the Institute on Governance in January 2018. As the Learning Lab Coordinator, she supports the team and the diversity of learning events at the IOG.

Prior to joining the IOG, Rebecca spent ten years in the theatre exhibition industry in guest service, management, human resources, learning events and talent development. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Memorial University of Newfoundland. Rebecca is interested in innovative thought and new ideas, and is passionate about social and environmental responsibility.

(613) 562-0090 ext 228

Jason Landry

IT Support Technician

Jason Landry

Jason Landry

IT Support Technician
613-562-0090 ext. 227