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Constantinou, Peter

Constantinou, Peter


Academic Director
Ontario Legislative Internship Programme (OLIP)



PhD (Higher Education): Toronto - OISE




(416) 979-5000 x7046


In addition to a Ph.D. in Higher Education from the University of Toronto, Peter Constantinou holds a BA (Specialized Honours) in Public Policy and Administration from York University, and an MA in Public Policy and Administration from McMaster University. His doctoral dissertation was a landmark study of government relations in the post-secondary education sector in Ontario.

In Fall 2015, Dr. Constantinou became the Academic Director of the Ontario Legislative Internship Programme (OLIP).  Click here for the announcement from the Canadian Political Science Association.

Dr. Constantinou is one of Canada’s leading public policy practitioner-academics and an award winning university lecturer. He is a long-time public servant who has worked at the federal and provincial levels of government and in the college and university sector as: a Research Analyst with the Royal Commission on Electoral Reform and Party Financing; a Policy Analyst, Senior Policy Advisor and Senior International Trade Advisor with the Ontario Ministry of Environment and Energy; a Chief of Staff and Executive Assistant to the Ontario Minister of Education and Training; and as Director of Government Relations at Seneca College.

For almost 20 years, Dr. Constantinou has been very active in teaching and research in the area of public policy and administration. He is a member of the full-time faculty in the public policy and administration program at York University, where he teaches policy analysis, program evaluation and other courses in public administration. Dr. Constantinou is also a member of the part-time faculty at the management program at the University of Toronto Scarborough, the Rotman School of Management, the DeGroote School of Business, and the University of Salzburg Business School.  He is also a Contract Lecturer in Ryerson’s partnership with the First Nations Technical Institute (FNTI), and delivers training as part of the master’s certificate in municipal management at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology, the Master’s Certificate in Municipal Leadership and the Master’s Certificate in Public Management at the Schulich School of Business.

Dr. Constantinou does a considerable amount of lecturing, consulting, and training internationally, and he has worked with the Chinese government to develop a model ethical code of conduct for public-sector employees and diplomats and the Chinese Meteorological Society to develop a model for evaluating meteorological services for the 2008 Olympics in Beijing and recently worked with the central government of Vietnam to develop a plan for implementing a new ethics regime. He has been an invited lecturer and advisor to governments in Canada, Germany, the Netherlands, Brazil, China, Vietnam and the Commonwealth.

Dr. Constantinou has participated on a number of boards as part of his commitment to volunteerism. He is currently a member of the Board of Canada’s National Ballet School.  Dr. Constantinou is frequently asked for comment in the media. Click here to view a recent appearance he made on The Agenda on TVO.

Peter Constantinou has published widely on numerous topics related to public policy issues in general and post-secondary issues in particular. Peter has been focusing his research in the area of political acuity, and is currently working on a book on how to prepare briefing notes.

Selected Publications:

  • “The Office of Premier of Ontario, 1945-2010: Who Really Advises?” (with Patrice Dutil) Canadian Parliamentary Review 36:1 (Spring 2013). [Forthcoming]
  • “Cabinet and the Existential Crisis of the Centre-Right” (with Daniel Cohn). The Mark (12 January 2011).
  • The Devil is in the Details: A Response to the Report of the Postsecondary Review of Ontario” (with Catherine Drea).  The College Quarterly 8:3 (Summer 2005).
  • From Comprehensiveness (Complacency) to Competition (Conniving): An Examination of the Legal Context for Government Relations in the Ontario Post-Secondary Sector.” The College Quarterly 6:1 (Fall 2003).
  • “The Crisis in the Fisheries: A Simulation.” A case study in the preparation of briefing material for government.”  Toronto: Institute of Public Administration of Canada Case Study Series, 2003.
  • Team Canada: Business or Boondoggle.” The Economic and Technology Development Journal of Canada (January1998).
  • "On Briefing Ministers," Policy Options 16:4 (May 1995): 45-47.
  • "Comparative Studies in Electoral Reform and Party Finance: Australia." Working Papers of the Royal Commission on Electoral Reform and Party Financing. Ottawa: Queen's Printer, 1992.
  • "Public Funding of Political Parties, Candidates and Elections in Canada," in Issues in Party and Election Finance in Canada, ed. F. Leslie Seidle, 235-278.  Report of the Royal Commission on Electoral Reform and Party Financing (Vol. 5 of the research studies). Toronto and Ottawa: Dundurn Press, 1992. 

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