Michael Fenn has been a Senior Advisor at StrategyCorp since 2011, following an extensive career as a public-sector executive.
Michael has been an Ontario Deputy Minister under three Premiers, municipal chief administrator in Hamilton and Burlington, the founding CEO of Toronto-area regional transportation authority Metrolinx and earlier, the first CEO of the regional health authority serving the western Greater Toronto Area (Mississauga Halton LHIN). While on leave from StrategyCorp in 2019, he was Special Advisor to the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, on the review of regional municipal government in Ontario.
In 2018, Michael was appointed Visiting Fellow (Infrastructure) at Western University / Ivey Business School’s Lawrence National Centre, complementing his work as a management consultant with StrategyCorp. A former member of the McMaster University Board of Governors, he is a third-term Board Director with the C$100 billion OMERS pension fund and a Board Director of the Toronto District School Board’s realty and property redevelopment arm, the Toronto Lands Corporation. He is a certified board director, having attained the C.Dir. designation in 2014.
Since 2011 Michael chaired the Mushkegowuk Expert Panel on Policing and subsequently, has been Facilitator of confidential negotiations on policing issues, jointly appointed by the Grand Chief of the Mushkegowuk Cree First Nations and the Ontario Solicitor General.
Michael’s research publications and reports for ‘think tanks’, academic institutions, governments and industry organizations have addressed: post-COVID recovery; regional collaboration in the GTHA; public-private partnerships in Ontario infrastructure; seniors’ health care and housing; a risk-based approach to infrastructure investment; reducing regulatory burdens facing small business; ‘megatrends’ and the future of Canada’s infrastructure; creative approaches to infrastructure finance; the future of rural infrastructure in Ontario; the role of the city manager/CAO in Ontario municipalities and council-staff relations; municipal government “at an inflection point”; the role of infrastructure in remote regions and mining; and, water, wastewater and stormwater policy in Ontario.
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, and the highest award for career achievement from Ontario’s two largest municipal administrators’ associations, the AMCTO’s Prestige Award and the OMAA’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 profiled with a chapter in Professor Emeritus David Siegel’s book: Leaders in the Shadows: The Leadership Qualities of Municipal Chief Administrative Officers.
Michael has an MA in Political Science and the Diploma in Public Administration (Urban/Regional), both from Western University. He has also completed the Program for Senior Executives in State and Local Government from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.
- Municipal Priorities for 2020 and Beyond: Part One
- Municipal Priorities for 2020 and Beyond: Part Two
- What ever happened to the New Deal for cities? A view from the Throne
- Rebuilding Sustainable Communities: The Limited Dividend Company for Delivery of Critical Infrastructure
- Housing for Health: Infrastructure Lessons from Canada’s Coronavirus Pandemic
- A Playbook for Voluntary Regional Governance in Greater Toronto
- The role of the city manager / council-staff relations
- Five Touchstones for Canadian Governments Making Infrastructure Decisions
- Megatrends and Canada’s Infrastructure Decisions