Michael Fenn has been a Senior Advisor at StrategyCorp since 2011, following an extensive career in the public service.
Michael has been an Ontario Deputy Minister under three Premiers, municipal chief administrator of Hamilton and Burlington, and the founding CEO of Toronto-area regional transportation authority Metrolinx and earlier, first CEO of the regional health authority serving the western Greater Toronto Area (Mississauga Halton LHIN). During much of 2019, while on leave from StrategyCorp, 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 the Western University / Ivey Business School’s Lawrence National Centre, complementing his work as a management consultant with StrategyCorp. Recently, he has been a member of the Schulich Business School’s Executive Education Program for the senior civil service of the Government Manitoba. A former member of the McMaster University Board of Governors, he is a third-term Board Director with the C$100 billion OMERS AC 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.
For several years, Michael has served as facilitator of confidential discussions on policing issues, jointly appointed by the Grand Chief of the Mushkegowuk Cree First Nations and the Ontario Solicitor General.
Michael’s recent major research publications, for ‘think tanks’, academic institutions, and industry organizations, have addressed: evaluating the use of public-private partnerships in Ontario infrastructure; taking 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; municipal asset management; the future of rural infrastructure in Ontario; the role of the city manager in Ontario; municipal government “at an inflection point”; 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 the 2015 book: Leaders in the Shadows: The Leadership Qualities of Municipal Chief Administrative Officers, by Professor David Siegel of Brock University.
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.
- Five Touchstones for Canadian Governments Making Infrastructure Decisions
- Megatrends and Canada’s Infrastructure Decisions
- Industry Perspectives Op-Ed: Targeted housing for Ontario seniors must be built: Experts
- A Playbook for Voluntary Regional Governance in Greater Toronto