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Karl Salgo

Karl Salgo

Associate and Executive Advisor

Expertise: Public Governance, Public Sector Governance, including the machinery of government  

Degree(s): BA (St Michael’s College, UofT), JD (Faculty of Law, UofT), MPA (School of Policy Studies, Queens University) 

Karl advises government on all aspects of public sector governance, including institutional capacity, the center of government, organizational design and effectiveness, accountability, oversight, and risk management. He has led many IOG research initiatives, including in the areas of distributed and shared governance, and is an instructor on diverse subjects in the IOG’s Learning Center. 

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 Finance Canada, in tax policy, communications, and financial markets, and helped to establish the governance framework for the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board. 

Prior to joining the IOG in 2012, Karl was Director of Strategic Policy 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 conventions of the Westminster system and the organization and structure of the Government of Canada – the Cabinet, portfolios, and the creation, winding-up and governance of individual organizations. 

Karl was the author/editor of multiple PCO publications, including Accountable Government: A Guide for Ministers and Ministers of State and Guidance for Deputy Ministers.