Drew Fagan is Deputy Minister of Infrastructure and Deputy Minister Responsible for Seniors with the Government of Ontario.
The Ministry of Infrastructure is responsible for managing government-wide capital expenditures, especially in the context of modernizing Ontario’s public infrastructure. The Ministry also oversees key aspects of Ontario’s land use planning process, including through the Places to Grow initiative and oversees management of the Ontario Government’s own portfolio of natural and built realty assets. In his Seniors role, Mr. Fagan is responsible for Government policies relating to the fastest-growing segment of the Ontario population, including a new law to regulate retirement homes.
Mr. Fagan was previously Deputy Minister of Tourism and Culture, where he was responsible for initiatives to strengthen two key sectors of the Ontario economy. The ministry portfolio includes 20 Ontario agencies.
Mr. Fagan joined the Ontario Public Service in January, 2009, from the Government of Canada, where he was Assistant Deputy Minister for strategic policy and planning at the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT). He oversaw DFAIT policy development and business planning, led international consultations as head of policy planning, and was the Prime Minister’s representative to the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit process.
Mr. Fagan joined the Canadian government in 2004 from The Globe and Mail, where he held many of the newspaper’s senior positions, including Parliamentary Bureau Chief, Editorial Page Editor and columnist and Washington correspondent.
Mr. Fagan serves on the advisory boards of the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto, the School of Public Policy at the University of Calgary, the Couchiching Institute on Public Affairs, the Literary Review of Canada and the international affairs magazine Global Brief. He is a former board member of the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI).
Mr. Fagan holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Queen’s University and a Master of Arts degree from the University of Western Ontario.