Sean is an economist, public policy expert, leader and thinker. In 2015, he joined the Brookfield Institute for Innovation + Entrepreneurship (BII+E) as its founding Executive Director, where he provides strategic direction and leads the overall day-to-day activities of the institute.
For more than a decade, Sean has championed and shaped important public policy decisions with a particular focus on economic issues. Through this experience, he has become increasingly convinced of the importance of fostering innovation and entrepreneurship as conduit for economic growth and prosperity.
Prior to joining BII+E, Sean served as the Chief of Staff at a Toronto-based private equity firm, where he worked at the intersection of finance and management strategy. Sean also served for more than six years in senior advisory roles to the Premier of Ontario and Ontario’s Minister of Finance, where, among other responsibilities, he coordinated the development of the annual Budget for the Province of Ontario.
He also worked as a consultant, providing expertise and advice on business strategy and management to clients in the technology, non-profit and public sectors. Sean also contributes to the public policy discourse in Canada, and has frequently been published as an author, contributed to reports or invited to speak on topics ranging from tax policy, infrastructure, clean technology, economic development and innovation and entrepreneurship.
Sean has a degree in Economics and Computer Science from the University of Toronto, an MA in Economics from McGill, and an MBA from the University of Oxford. He also serves on the Board of Woodgreen Community Services, also sitting on the Strategy and Innovation Committee. Sean lives in the east of Toronto with his wife, Jessica, daughter, Ada, and son, Leo.