Dalton McGuinty

Distinguished Fellow, Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy
Dalton McGuinty


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Dalton McGuinty, a lawyer, served as Premier of Ontario, from 2003 to 2013. He led the Ontario Liberal Party to three successive election victories, a feat not achieved in his party in over 100 years. 

Under Premier McGuinty's leadership, Ontario became the first jurisdiction in North America to offer full-day kindergarten, health care wait times fell from Canada's longest to its shortest, and Ontario closed its coal plants in the single largest greenhouse gas reduction initiative in the Americas. The McGuinty government created Ontario's Greenbelt, the world's largest protected urban greenspace. To make Ontario more competitive, the province adopted a value-added tax, the HST, and created Canada's first ministry of Research and Innovation where McGuinty himself served as minister. 

Since leaving politics, McGuinty has been actively engaged in business and philanthropy. He has served on the Board of Directors of Innergex Renewable Energy Inc., Pomerleau Construction Inc. and the Rideau Hall Foundation. He serves as Special Advisor to D2L Corporation and as an advisor to Ontario business startups. He also chairs the Board of Directors of the University of Ottawa Heart Institute. 

McGuinty served as a Fellow at Harvard University’s Weatherhead Center for International Affairs and, in addition to his post at the Munk School, he is a Fellow at Carleton University’s School of Public Policy and Administration.  

McGuinty married his high-school sweetheart, Terri Taylor. Together, they have four children and six grandchildren. 

Updated July 2023.