Roadmap: 2030 September 21 & 22, 2010 Appel Salon in the Toronto Reference Library

Megan M. Harris

Senior Fellow, Montreal Economic Institute

Megan M. Harris

Megan M. Harris

Megan Harris is communications and public affairs professional who has extensive experience providing strategic issues and crisis management advice to CEO’s, Cabinet Ministers, government officials and community leaders. She has represented clients the pharmaceutical, transportation, agricultural, manufacturing, information technology, agriculture, academic and non-for profit sectors.

Ms. Harris began her career as a country strategist with the Royal Bank Financial Group, In this role she conducted sector, political and economic analysis of the countries in the Middle East, Africa and North America and established the parameters for the banks relationship with the countries from these regions.

After leaving the financial sector, Ms. Harris joined the public sector where she held a number of roles including: Special Advisor, Science and Technology to the Ontario Minister of Energy, Science and Technology. She later had responsibilities as the Fiscal and Economic Advisor to then Ontario Minister of Finance.
In the 2004 Federal election, Ms. Harris was the Conservative Party of Canada candidate in the riding of Toronto-Centre.

Ms. Harris has extensive media experience. She hosted two public affairs shows on the IChannel. Her guests included: Conrad Black, Sally Armstrong, Andrew Coyne and Paul Heinbecker. She has attended several G8 summits and has provided on-air summit analysis for CBC Newsworld. She is a regular guest on various public affairs shows including: the Agenda with Steve Paiken, Power and Politics with Evan Soloman, and CP24. She has published opinion pieces in several newspapers and magazine. In 2007, she was selected by MacLean’s magazine as one of Canada’s most respected personalities.

She is a frequent speaker on public affairs issues such as, the participation of young people in politics and diversity. She has also been very active in the community. She is a Director of Equal Voice Canada and was a member of the selection committee of the YWCA Women of Distinction Awards (2008-10). Megan was a founding Champion and mentor for the Mentoring Partnership (TRIEC), Vice-Chair, of the Churchill Society for the Advancement of Parliamentary Democracy, and director of the Couchiching Institute for Public Affairs, Gilda’s Club, Horizons for Youth and Green Power Canada. Ms. Harris also served as advisor to the Conference Board of Canada’s groundbreaking Study: “Toward Maximizing the Talents of Visible Minorities” and its companion guide “Business Critical Maximizing the Talents of Visible Minorities.”

Ms. Harris is a Senior Fellow of the Montreal Economic Institute. You can follow Megan on twitter at meganmharris