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John Whitehead
Principal, Toronto

John joined Earnscliffe in 2013 after over 30 years in Ontario’s public service including 20 years in senior leadership roles. He has been recognized for his outstanding policy advice and collaboration skills that lead to innovative partnerships that work.

John’s experience in government spans taxation policy; federal-provincial fiscal relations; fiscal policy; Treasury Board operations; business planning; energy policy; and agency relations. He contributed expert policy advice to the development of 28 Ontario budgets. John has served as Assistant Deputy Minister within the Ontario Ministries of Finance, Economic Development and Innovation, Infrastructure and Energy, and had extensive experience in the Treasury Board Office, Taxation Policy Branch and Regulatory Affairs. He also served as Chief Administrative Officer for the ministries of Energy and Infrastructure.

John was lead executive for several strategic initiatives and outreach including: aboriginal relations and consultation on green energy, federal-provincial negotiations for a new health care funding agreement, and representing Ontario’s trade policy interests.

He brings thoughtful, multilayered analysis in support of informed decision-making, and is accomplished at distilling complex issues into layman’s language to share knowledge, broaden understanding and crystallize strategic choices for clients.

A graduate of York University with a Specialized Honours B.A. in Economics, John also completed the Executive Program at Queen’s University. He has been a guest lecturer at both Queen’s University and the University of Toronto and serves as a volunteer on the Public Sector Accounting Board of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants.