Lieutenant Governor's Medal of Distinction in Public Administration

IPAC Ontario's Lieutenant Governor’s Medal of Distinction in Public Administration

2016 Medal Recipient - Tony Dean
Recognizing his Dedication to Public Service in Ontario


Tony Dean

The Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, and the National Capital, South West and Toronto Regional Groups of the Institute of Public Administration of Canada (IPAC) are pleased to announce that the 2016 Lieutenant Governor's Medal of Distinction in Public Administration, Ontario's highest honour for public service, has been awarded to Tony Dean.

This prestigious medal is awarded annually to an individual who has shown distinguished leadership in public administration, or who, by writings and other endeavours, has made a significant contribution in the field of public administration in Ontario. Tony Dean's reputation as a preeminent figure in public administration spans provincial, international and academic spheres. Dean is one of Canada's top public sector leaders, with extensive experience in public governance, public policy and legislative processes. During his five-year tenure as Ontario's Cabinet Secretary and head of the public service, he was the senior public service advisor to two provincial premiers in different political administrations.

Dean is effective in resolving conflict by finding common ground and seeking win/win outcomes, as demonstrated by his record of mediating successful collective bargaining outcomes in major energy, education, postsecondary, social services and construction sector disputes.

Dean has taken the lead on the development and implementation of strategy for major inter-governmental negotiations including the federal-provincial National Health Accord, and successful Ontario-Federal negotiations for major labour market development and immigration agreements.

Dean is a consensus builder, facilitator, and pragmatic problem-solver, known for his successful leadership in large and complex organizations. He has championed reform of public sector organizations and is an expert in effective policy making and implementation, and service delivery improvement. As a result of his accomplishments, Dean was awarded the Order of Ontario in 2009 for his work in transforming the Ontario Public Service.

Dean served as a professor in the School of Public Policy and Governance at the University of Toronto for seven years. He is well known for both his expertise, and the role he has taken on voluntarily as a respected mentor. In 2008, while working with the Canadian High Commission in London, Tony undertook international assignments and some advisory work with the Commonwealth Secretariat on public sector reform and to build capacity for policy and delivery. In 2010 and 2011, he was a Senior Research Fellow at the Ash Institute for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the Harvard Kennedy School.

Dean has advised the London-based Commonwealth Secretariat, Commonwealth governments, the Independent Evaluation Office of the International Monetary Fund and the Office of the Prime Minister of Kenya. He has also worked internationally in governance and capacity building in Vietnam (2004 and 2005), the UK (2008, 2010, 2012), Belize (2008), Grenada (2008), St. Lucia (2008), Kenya (2009 and 2013), Sierra Leone (2011) and Saudi Arabia (2011).

Dean's multifaceted experiences combine to form an impressive narrative of dedication to public service. He has devoted his life to public administration and mentorship. He consistently approaches his work with passion, commitment, integrity and professionalism and has inspired countless students and young professionals through mentorship. His professional journey has included success in roles as a senior leader in government, a writer, an independent reviewer, a senior research fellow, a professor, a trusted advisor, a mentor, a volunteer, the author of the book Building Better Public Services, and most recently, an independent Canadian senator.

The Lieutenant Governor's Medal of Distinction will be presented to Tony Dean by the Lieutenant Governor at a ceremony in Toronto on June 16th, 2017. Since 1990, the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario has joined with the National Capital Region, South West and Toronto Regional Groups of the Institute of Public Administration of Canada to encourage and recognize excellence in public service in Ontario by awarding the Lieutenant Governor's Medal of Distinction in Public Administration.