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Steven Davidson, Deputy Minister, Policy and Delivery and Associate Secretary of Cabinet, was appointed in early 2016 as the second Provincial Deputy Minister Champion, succeeding Marg Rapolt, who served in that capacity from 2007 to 2014.
In this role, Deputy Davidson will connect with the Ryerson community to build on the strong relationship that exists between Ryerson and the Ontario Public Service (OPS). He is committed to utilizing this role to promote mutual understanding across the two organizations.
“I look forward to working with students and faculty at Ryerson in this role. A recent visit to campus left me very impressed with the level of student engagement and passion for public policy,” said Davidson. “I am especially interested in working with the university community on developments that foster innovation in the policy development field, such as the recent Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Hackathon, which is where I believe academic institutions like Ryerson can play a key role.”
As the deputy minister and associate secretary of the Cabinet, Policy and Delivery, Davidson’s role is to work with all ministries in the OPS and the Premier’s Office to establish and manage the government’s policy and legislative agenda. Before his current role, he was the Deputy Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport and the Deputy Minister responsible for the 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games. He holds an honours bachelor of arts (BA-Hons) in History from Queen's University and a Master of Archival Studies from the University of British Columbia.
The strong synergy between the OPS and the Ryerson community is especially reflected in the Department of Politics and Public Administration. Many graduates of the Master of Arts in Public Policy and Administration program go on to make significant contributions within the OPS and in other workplaces focusing on policy development.