Michael Harris, ICD.D, is a senior business advisor with the law firm of Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP in Toronto, and the President of his own consulting firm, Steane Consulting Ltd., and, in this capacity, acts as a consultant to various Canadian companies. Before joining Fasken Martineau in September 2013, he was a senior business advisor with the law firm of Cassels Brock & Blackwell in Toronto from March 2010 and before that a senior business advisor with the law firm of Goodmans LLP in Toronto.
Mr. Harris was born in Toronto in 1945 and was raised in Callander and North Bay, Ontario. Before his election to the Ontario Legislature in 1981, Mike Harris was a schoolteacher, a school board trustee and chair and an entrepreneur in the Nipissing area. On June 8, 1995, Mr. Harris became the 22nd Premier of Ontario following a landslide election victory. In 1999, he was re-elected – making him the first Ontario Premier in over 30 years to form a second consecutive majority government.
In addition to sitting on several boards of Canadian corporations, he also serves as a director of the Manning Centre for Building Democracy. He has served as the Honorary Chair of the North Bay District Hospital Capital Campaign and the Nipissing University and Canadore College Capital Campaign. Mr. Harris is also a Senior Fellow of the Fraser Institute. He has received his ICD.D certification from the Institute of Corporate Directors.
In addition to Canaccord Genuity Group Inc., Mr. Harris is a director of the following public companies: Chartwell Retirement Residences (Chair), Colliers International Group Inc. (CIGI) and Routel Inc. (Chair).