John Matheson

Since 1998, John has been a Principal at StrategyCorp, which now has roughly 70 employees in Toronto and Ottawa.

He is the founder of StrategyCorp’s Municipal Affairs Practice Group, which has served well over a hundred municipalities across Canada on a variety of strategic projects, relating to:

  • Intergovernmental Affairs (Federal and Provincial)
  • Strategic Planning and Staff-Council Relations
  • Operational, Organizational and Ward Boundary Reviews
  • Special Policy Projects and Issue Management

He is currently strategic advisor to Ontario’s Large Urban Mayors Caucus on provincial relations.

A well-known commentator on the municipal world, he has also been an advisor to AMO, AMCTO, and OMAA.

Since 2016, he has been the lead author of StrategyCorp’s influential Annual CAO Survey, which gives voice to Ontario and Canadian Chief Administrators.

John served as Chief of Staff to Ontario’s Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing. In that capacity, he was deeply involved in the creation of Ontario’s municipal taxation and assessment regime, key reforms to Ontario’s Municipal Act and Planning Act, as well as the amalgamation the City of Toronto.

Since 2007, John has been an instructor in UOIT’s Municipal Management Program. John also teaches provincial-municipal relations through AMCTO.   John’s policy expertise is grounded in his legal background. He was called to the Bar of Ontario in 1993 and practiced law in Toronto with a major Bay Street firm.

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