Drew Fagan

Fellow, Munk School of Global Affairs




Drew Fagan is senior counsel at National Public Relations Inc., where he provides strategic advisory services on a wide range of public and private sector matters.

Mr. Fagan is also senior fellow at the Public Policy Forum, C.D. Howe Institute, University of Toronto (Munk School of Global Affairs, School of Public Policy and Governance, Bill Graham Centre) and Ryerson University (Brookfield Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship), where he provides strategic advice and leads policy initiatives. His Public Policy Forum report — Building the Future: Strategic Infrastructure for Long-Term Growth – was published in October, 2016.

Mr. Fagan previously spent 12 years in executive roles with the governments of Ontario and Canada.

He was Deputy Minister responsible for the 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games and Deputy Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport at Queen’s Park. He also spent four years as Deputy Minister of Infrastructure, with responsibility for overseeing the province’s first long-term infrastructure plan and capital expenditures now set at about $150-billion over 10 years.

Mr. Fagan joined the Ontario Public Service in 2009 from Ottawa, where he was Assistant Deputy Minister for strategic policy and planning at the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade. In that role, he served as the Prime Minister’s personal representative to the Asia-Pacific (APEC) summit process.

Before becoming a public servant and diplomat in 2004, Mr. Fagan worked at The Globe and Mail, where he was parliamentary bureau chief, editorial page editor, foreign editor, associate editor of Report on Business and Washington correspondent.

Mr. Fagan is a board member of the Corporation of Massey Hall and Roy Thomson Hall, the Munk School and other organizations, including the Art Gallery of Ontario’s government affairs committee. He serves on the Ontario Government corporate audit committee. He is a former board member of the Canadian Tourism Commission and was interim editor of the Literary Review of Canada. He served on the United Way of Toronto’s campaign cabinet in 2013 and 2014, when he led the Ontario Government campaign.

Mr. Fagan holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Queen’s University and a Master of Arts degree from the University of Western Ontario. He received his ICD.D designation in 2017 through the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto and he was honoured to be a convocation speaker at the University of Toronto’s 2016 graduation ceremonies.

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