Please join us on Friday, March 9th, as the Honourable Glen Murray, Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities, joins us to discuss innovation and productivity in the Ontario Post Secondary Education (PSE) landscape. He will outline the steps needed to take a leadership role in the globalized knowledge economy while providing real choice to Ontario students.
Glen Murray is the Member of Provincial Parliament for Toronto Centre.
First elected in 2010 by-election, he was re-elected in October 2011 and appointed Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities. He previously served as Minister of Research and Innovation.
As Minister of Research and Innovation, Murray supported Premier McGuinty's leadership in Ontario's Innovation Agenda and leverage gains made by his predecessors into new initiatives and enhanced programs.
Drawing on his experience in developing strong regional economies, Murray brought a strong regional economic perspective to the ministry and his efforts have delivered results. For example, 14 new Regional Innovation Centres were created across the province to identify talent and unleash entrepreneurial energy across Ontario.
Murray has a lifetime of activism in urban planning, sustainable development and community health. He served as President and CEO of the Canadian Urban Institute and on several university, hospital and community boards, including the Toronto District School Board's Reference Group for Improving Services for Marginalized Students.
Murray was appointed by the Prime Minister of Canada to Chair the National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy and is a founding member of the Canadian AIDS Society.
Murray was mayor of the City of Winnipeg and during his tenure was the Chair of the Big City Mayors Caucus. In that role he led the successful campaign to transfer the equivalent of 5 cents a litre of the federal gas tax to municipalities for infrastructure renewal and construction. He also served as Senior Resident at Massey College and was a Visiting Fellow at the Faculty of Architecture and Landscape Design at the University of Toronto.
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