Peter Wilkinson

Senior Fellow, Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy


Mr. Wilkinson holds the position of Global Head, Regulatory and Public Affairs at Manulife Financial. He is also a member of Manulife’s Global Leadership Team. He is responsible for promoting and protecting the company’s interests in national and international arenas with governments, regulators, and standard setters. He protects and grows shareholder value by advocating for issues that affect the company’s operations, customers, and new business opportunities.

Before joining Manulife, Mr. Wilkinson was Chief of Staff to the Premier of Ontario from 2006 to 2010. Previously, he was Chief of Staff to the Ontario Minister of Finance, Minister of Revenue and Chair of Management Board from 2003 to 2006.

Prior to his role as the Chief of Staff to the Ontario Minister of Finance, Mr. Wilkinson was the Vice President, Communications, Government and External Relations at the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants (CICA). During his tenure with the CICA (1994-2003), he was responsible for communications, government, external relations, and income & commodity tax policy.

Prior to the CICA, Mr. Wilkinson served as the Director of Government Affairs for the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario. He was the Ontario Government Representative to South Asia based in New Delhi, India. Previously, he worked as a special assistant to the Ontario Minister of Industry, Trade and Technology and the Minister of Tourism and Recreation.

Mr. Wilkinson is a graduate from the University of Western Ontario and also studied at the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania (Executive Program). Born in Montreal and grew up in Trenton, Ontario. He is married to Anne Ng, and they have a daughter, Sarah.

Board and Committee positions include Chair of Public Affairs Council (United States); Vice Chair of Markham Stouffville Hospital; Board of Directors of the Canada China Business Council; Board of Directors of the Toronto Financial Services Alliance; Board of Governors of Yee Hong Centre for Geriatric Care.

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