Mel Cappe, OC is Professor in the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, University of Toronto. From 2006-2011 he was President of the Institute for Research on Public Policy. Prior to that for four years he was High Commissioner for Canada to the United Kingdom. Before that he served as Clerk of the Privy Council, Secretary to Cabinet and Head of the Public Service. Earlier in his career he held senior economic and policy positions in the Departments of Finance, and Industry. He was Deputy Secretary to the Treasury Board, Deputy Minister of the Environment, Deputy Minister of Human Resources Development, Deputy Minister of Labour and Chairman of the Employment Insurance Commission. He was a Commissioner on Canada’s Ecofiscal Commission. He is also a Board Member of the Canadian Institute for Climate Choices. He is Chair of the Boards of the Health Research Foundation and Canadian Blood Services. He has graduate degrees in Economics from the Universities of Western Ontario and Toronto and honourary doctorates from both. He is an Officer of the Order of Canada and a recipient of the Queen’s Diamond and Golden Jubilee Medals.
Mel chaired Panel 1.