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Tony Dean

January 1, 1986 | By |

Distinguished Senior Fellow in Public Policy


Tony Dean is a Senior Distinguished Fellow at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy at the University of Toronto. He advises governments and international organizations on public service reform and building capacity for policy-making and delivery.

In November 2017 Dean was appointed to the Senate of Canada, representing Ontario. From 2002 to 2008 he was Secretary of the Cabinet and Head of the Ontario Public Service. He also served as Deputy Minister of Labour, and as the deputy minister in the Cabinet Office responsible for cross-government policy coordination. In his role as a public servant he provided non-partisan advice to NDP, Progressive Conservative and Liberal governments in Ontario.

Dean has written on public sector leadership and co-authored a Mowat Centre report on pathways to fiscal sustainability in Canada. In 2012 he authored a report on integrated public service delivery in Commonwealth countries. Dean has chaired advisory panels on teachers’ benefit plans (2014), Occupational Health and Safety in Ontario (2010), and Business and Human Resource Planning in Canada’s public service (2008). He has written for the Toronto Star and the UK-based Guardian newspaper. His book, Building Better Public Services, was published in 2015.

Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy

Research interests
Public service reform (in Commonwealth Countries), Improving delivery and results in the public sector (with an emphasis on integrated approaches to the delivery of human services)