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Dr. Enid Slack

Director

The Director of the Institute is Dr. Enid Slack, one of Canada's foremost experts in municipal finance. Enid has been working in this field for over 40 years and is respected nationally and internationally for her research on municipal finance and governance.

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Dr. Richard M. Bird

Senior Fellow

Dr. Richard M. Bird is professor emeritus in the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto, and Senior Fellow of the Institute on Municipal Finance and Governance at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy. His research interests include tax policy and administration, local and regional finance, and intergovernmental fiscal relations.

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Bill Hughes

Senior Fellow

Bill Hughes is a Senior Fellow at the Institute on Municipal Finance and Governance. He has over 35 years of experience in finance and public policy at both the provincial and municipal levels of government. Bill’s research and policy interests include municipal financial sustainability, demographics, urban economics, the impact of planning policy on municipal finance, and the economics of water policy.

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Joe Pennachetti

Senior Fellow

Joe Pennachetti is Senior Fellow at the Institute on Municipal Finance and Governance. He has over 35 years of municipal financial management experience. As the Toronto City Manager from 2008 to 2015, Joe was responsible for 37,000 staff, an operating budget of $12 billion, and a $30 billion 10 year capital plan.

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Dr. Alexandra Flynn

Fellow

Alexandra Flynn is an Assistant Professor at the Peter A. Allard School of Law at The University of British Columbia, where she specializes in municipal law and governance and teaches interactive, practice-based courses in legal research, municipal and planning law, and administrative law.

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Dr. Aaron A. Moore

Fellow

Dr. Aaron A. Moore is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science, at the University of Winnipeg, and an Adjunct Professor in the Department of City Planning, at the University of Manitoba. Aaron was formerly an Adjunct Professor at the University of Waterloo. He received his Doctorate degree in Political Science from the University of Western Ontario in 2009.

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Dr. Zack Taylor

Fellow

Dr. Zack Taylor is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at Western University, where he teaches and researches on comparative urban political economy, regional planning and governance, local government and finance, and local public administration. He is also a non-practicing Registered Professional Planner in Ontario.

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Tomas Hachard

Manager, Programs and Research

Tomas Hachard is Manager of Programs and Research at IMFG. Prior to joining the Institute, he was a Senior Policy Analyst at the Council of Ontario Universities, where he led major projects in policy, communications, and government relations. 

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Julie Mah

Post-Doctoral Fellow

Julie is the 2020-2021 IMFG Postdoctoral Fellow. Her research focuses on affordable housing issues, evictions, gentrification and displacement, and equitable development approaches.

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Devin Bissky Dziadyk

Graduate Fellow

Devin is the 2020-21 IMFG Graduate Fellow. He is a PhD student at the University of Toronto in the Department of Economics.

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James Ankers

Graduate Fellow

James Ankers is the 2020-21 Blanche and Sandy Van Ginkel Graduate Fellow in Municipal Finance and Governance. He is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Political Science at the University of Toronto.

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Ahmad Khawaja

Administrative and Communications Assistant

Ahmad Khawaja is the Administrative and Communications Assistant at IMFG. Prior to joining the Institute, he worked in the non-profit industry for an international aid and relief organization contributing to the development of sustainability projects in areas impacted by war, famine, and natural disasters.

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