Matthew Mendelsohn is currently a Visiting Professor and co-founder of First Policy Response at Ryerson University and a Senior Advisor to BCG’s Global Public Sector Practice. From 2016-2020 he served as Deputy Secretary to the Cabinet, leading the Prime Minister’s Results & Delivery Unit and the Government of Canada’s Impact & Innovation Unit. During his time in Ottawa he led the Government of Canada data strategy, oversaw advice on digital and platform governance, and designed Impact Canada to deliver Challenges and outcomes-based funding initiatives for the government.
Prior to his role at PCO, Matthew was the founding Director of the Mowat Centre, a public policy think tank in the School of Public Policy & Governance at the University of Toronto. Matthew is a former Deputy Minister with the Ontario government, was a chief architect of the 2015 Liberal election platform and was a member of Prime Minister Trudeau’s transition team. Matthew received his B.A. from McGill University and Ph.D. from the l’Université de Montréal and was a tenured faculty member in the Department of Political Studies at Queen’s University.