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Matthew Mendelsohn


Matthew grew up in Montreal and comes from a long line of peddlers. He now peddles evidence-based policy ideas–particularly those designed to strengthen Ontario in Canada and transform how governments deliver public goods.

Matthew founded the Mowat Centre at the School of Public Policy & Governance in 2009. It delivers research-driven recommendations on Canada’s most challenging policy problems and serves as Ontario’s independent voice on public policy.

From 2004-2009, Matthew served as a Deputy Minister in the Ontario government where he held responsibility for Intergovernmental Affairs, the Democratic Renewal Secretariat, and the Office of International Relations and Protocol. He also served as Associate Secretary to the Cabinet in Cabinet Office.

Matthew spent 10 years as a member of the Political Studies Department at Queen’s University and served as the Director of the Canadian Opinion Research Archive. From 1996-1998, Matthew was a senior advisor in the Privy Council Office in Ottawa.

Matthew received his B.A. from McGill University and Ph.D. from the l’Université de Montréal, and held a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of British Columbia. He has travelled across Canada several times by motorcycle and believes that Canada is home to some of the world’s great cities. He still misses snowboarding outside Vancouver and the Montreal Expos.

An active volunteer with many not-for-profit organizations, Matthew currently serves on Boards of Directors for Civix, the Council of the Great Lakes Region, l’Idée fédérale, and United Way Toronto.

Matthew believes that governments will do the right thing most of the time. He lives in downtown Toronto with his wife and two young sons – who always remind him to try to do the right thing as well.