Recognized as one of Canada’s foremost experts in public policy and policy implementation, Drew Fagan draws on a distinguished background that includes 12 years in leadership positions with the governments of Ontario and Canada. Following his years in public service, Drew became a professor with the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy at the University of Toronto where he continues to lecture. As a highly respected public policy consultant, Drew provides strategic counsel to a variety of clients including departments, ministries, agencies and boards at all three levels of government, as well as Indigenous organizations and public interest startups.
Drew was Assistant Deputy Minister for strategic policy and planning at the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (now Global Affairs Canada) from 2006 to 2009, then joined the Ontario Public Service where he was Deputy Minister of Infrastructure with responsibility for Ontario’s long-term infrastructure plan. He was also Deputy Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport, with responsibility for the 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games.
Before becoming a public servant in 2004, Drew worked at The Globe and Mail as parliamentary bureau chief, editorial page editor, foreign editor, associate editor of Report on Business and Washington correspondent. He continues to serve as a senior fellow with a number of independent think tanks and university institutes, including the Public Policy Forum.