Tony Dean (Canadian senator)

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The Honourable
Tony Dean
Senator from Ontario
Assumed office
November 10, 2016
Nominated by Justin Trudeau
Appointed by David Johnston
Personal details
Born (1953-08-19) August 19, 1953 (age 65)
Birmingham, England, United Kingdom
Political party Independent Senators Group
Profession Civil servant and academic

Anthony "Tony" Alexander Dean, OOnt [1] (born August 19, 1953)[2] is a Canadian senator and former Ontario civil servant. He was secretary of the Cabinet, head of the Ontario Public Service, and the clerk of the Executive Council from 2002 to 2008.

Dean received a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology and social anthropology from University of Hull and a Master of Arts degree in sociology from McMaster University. He worked for ten years in the public sector in collective bargaining before joining the Ontario Public Service in 1989. He was Deputy Minister of Labour and Deputy Minister and Associate Secretary of Cabinet, Policy.[3] In 2002, he was appointed by Ontario Premier Ernie Eves Secretary of the Cabinet and Clerk of the Executive Council.[4] He retired in 2008 and is currently a professor at the University of Toronto’s School of Public Policy and Governance. In 2010 Dean was a senior research fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School. He advises governments, domestically and internationally, on public administration, public policy and implementation.[5]

Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty described him as "the ultimate public servant, exhibiting on a daily basis the drive to get things done, and the diplomacy required to have them done well".[6]

In 2009, he was made a member of the Order of Ontario in recognition for having "transformed the Ontario Public Service".[7]

On October 31, 2016, Dean's appointment to the Senate of Canada was announced. Dean sits as an independent.[8]


  1. ^ "Premier McGuinty Fine Tunes His Cabinet At Mid-Term". June 29, 2005.
  2. ^ Canadian Who's Who Search. Grey House Publishing Canada.
  3. ^ "Tony Dean". Institute for Public Administration of Canada.
  4. ^ "Eves announces changes in leadership of Public Service". November 8, 2002.
  5. ^ "Fellows". University of Toronto.
  6. ^ "Premier names new Secretary of the Cabinet". December 6, 2007.
  7. ^ "Order of Ontario Appointments Announced". January 15, 2009. Archived from the original on March 4, 2009.
  8. ^ "Trudeau taps former banker, cop and judge for Senate". Toronto Star, October 30, 2016.

External links

  • Tony Dean – Parliament of Canada biography
Government offices
Preceded by
Andromache Karakatsanis
Secretary of the Cabinet,
Head of the Ontario Public Service and
Clerk of the Executive Council

November 30, 2002 – January 7, 2008
Succeeded by
Shelly Jamieson
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