Drew Fagan

Professor, Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy
Affiliated Faculty Member, Centre for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies
Headshot of Drew Fagan - photo by Alexis MacDonald


Main Bio

Drew Fagan is a professor at the Munk School. He teaches in Munk graduate degree programs and leads other university initiatives, including as co-director of the Ontario 360 policy initiative and as special advisor to the Infrastructure Institute at the School of Cities.

Drew is also a senior advisor at McMillan Vantage Policy Group, a public affairs firm affiliated with the national business law firm McMillan. As a public policy advisor, his clients have included departments and agencies with all three orders of government, as well as Indigenous organizations and public interest startups.

Drew previously spent 12 years in leadership positions with the Government of Canada and the Province of Ontario.

With Ontario, he was Deputy Minister of Infrastructure and Deputy Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport, with responsibility for the 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games. With the federal government, he was Assistant Deputy Minister for strategic policy and planning at the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (now Global Affairs Canada).

Before becoming a public servant in 2004, he worked at The Globe and Mail, including as parliamentary bureau chief, associate editor of Report on Business and Washington correspondent.

Drew writes for publications such as The New York Times and The Globe and Mail, and provides analysis of national and international issues for the BBC, Al Jazeera, the CBC and others. He is a board member of Waterfront Toronto, the McMichael Canadian Art Collection, the Corporation of Massey Hall and Roy Thomson Hall and the Blue Mountain Blue Festival.

Drew holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Queen’s University and a Master of Arts degree from Western University. He received his ICD.D designation from the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto, in 2017.


Strategic Policy Implementation
Strategic Policy Implementation at Home and Abroad