Michael Harris, O.Ont., D.Litt. (Hon.), ICD.D, is a senior business advisor in the Corporate/Commercial and Government Relations & Ethics Groups at Fasken Martineau.
From 1981–2002, Mr. Harris served as Member of Provincial Parliament for the riding of Nipissing. From 1995–2002 he served as Ontario’s twenty-second Premier, following a landslide election victory in 1995. He was re-elected again for a second term in 1999, making him the first Ontario Premier in more than 30 years to form a second consecutive majority government. He is known for his advice on governance issues and government relations matters and brings extensive experience in public policy and government decision-making.
After leaving public office in 2002, Mr. Harris formed his own consulting firm. As President of Steane Consulting Ltd., he is an advisor to numerous Canadian companies. In addition to Canaccord Genuity Group Inc., Mr. Harris serves as director on several private and public boards, including Chartwell Retirement Residences, Route1 Inc. and Voxtur Analytics Corp. His past board responsibilities included Chair of Magna International, where he led the restructuring to a one share-one vote corporation; Element Financial; and Enmax Corp. in Calgary. Mr. Harris also sits on the advisory boards of several private equity funds including EnerTech and Beringer Capital. He received his ICD.D certification from the Institute of Corporate Directors in 2005.
Mr. Harris’ passion for the community is shown through his involvement with various organisations and institutions. He serves on the board of the New Haven Learning Centre, a charitable, non-profit organization committed to being a Centre of Excellence in the treatment and education of children with autism. He has served on the board of the Tim Horton Children’s Foundation. He has also served as Honorary Chairman of fundraising initiatives for Nipissing University, Canadore College and the North Bay Regional Health Centre.
Mr. Harris is also a Senior Fellow with The Fraser Institute, a leading Canadian economic, social research and education organization.