Global Conference 2008

Speaker's Biography

Michael Horgan

Deputy Minister, Environment Canada


Michael Horgan is Canada's Deputy Minister of the Envionment. He previously served as deputy minister of Indian and Northern Affairs Canada, G-7 deputy for Canada and senior associate deputy minister of finance. His experience also includes roles as executive vice-president and associate deputy minister of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), which later named him president. From 1992 to 1996, Horgan was assistant secretary to the Cabinet (Priorities and Planning), Privy Council Office; he was later appointed deputy secretary to the Cabinet (Intergovernmental Policy and Communications), Privy Council Office. He began his career in public service as an energy economist for the Department of Finance in 1978. Since that time, he has served in a number of government positions. Horgan studied economics and political science at Concordia University in Montreal; he completed graduate degrees in economics at both Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, and Princeton University.


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