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Michael Fenn

Michael-Fenn-300-207Over the course of an extensive career in public service, Michael Fenn has been an Ontario Deputy Minister under three Premiers, municipal chief administrator in Hamilton and Burlington, and the founding CEO of both regional transportation authority Metrolinx and regional health authority Mississauga Halton LHIN.

As Senior Advisor, Michael works with clients in the public sector, especially in municipal government and healthcare.  He is a also Board Director with both the C$72 billion OMERS AC pension fund and the Toronto Board of Education’s realty arm, the Toronto Lands Corporation.  He is a certified board director, having attained the C.Dir. designation in 2014.

In addition to work with AMO’s Ontario Municipal Knowledge Network on asset management, his research publications during 2014 included: “Recycling Ontario’s Assets: A New Framework for Managing Public Finances” for the Mowat Centre, at the University of Toronto; “Approaching an Inflection Point: Provincial-Municipal Relations in Ontario” (co- authored with André Côté), for the Institute of Municipal Finance and Governance, at the U of T’s Munk School of Global Affairs; and, “Unlocking Ontario’s Advantages: Building new infrastructure on the foundation of existing public assets”, for the Residential and Civil Construction Alliance of Ontario (RCCAO), an organization representing labour unions and management in the Ontario construction industry.

Michael’s career achievements have been acknowledged by a number of professional awards, including the Lieutenant Governor’s Medal of Distinction in Public Administration for Ontario, the AMCTO’s Prestige Award, and the Municipal Administrators’ Association’s Robert Baldwin Award. In 2010, he was one of two Ontarians, added to the Association of Municipalities of Ontario’s Honour Roll. Michael’s municipal management career was recently profiled in a chapter in the book: Leaders in the Shadows: The Leadership Qualities of Municipal Chief Administrative Officers, by Professor David Siegel.

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