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Jan 01, 2000

Maurice Bitran

January 1, 2000

Maurice Bitran was the 2012-13 Ontario Visiting Fellow in Residence at the School of Public Policy & Governance at the University of Toronto. As an Executive Fellow at the Mowat Centre, he led the Centre’s research on diaspora networks and co-authored the report, Diaspora Nation: An Inquiry into the Economic Potential of Diaspora Networks in Canada. Maurice returned to government in the Fall 2013 as Assistant Deputy Minister at the Ministry of Environment.

His previous roles in the Ontario Government include Assistant Deputy Minister at the Ministry of Economic Development and Innovation, where Maurice led the Policy and Programs Division, set up and headed the Secretariat to the Premier’s Jobs and Prosperity Council, and was Ontario’s Chief Negotiator for the free trade negotiations between Canada and the European Union.

Originally from Chile, Maurice was elected as one of the “Ten Most Influential Hispanic Canadians 2012” by the Canadian Hispanic Business Association and received the Public Service Award from Life Sciences Ontario in 2013. Maurice is an advisor to the Toronto Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and a member of the board of “The Challenge Factory.” He has also served on the boards of “Bioenterprise,” “Soy 20/20,” and “MaRS Landing.”