A retired federal public servant with over 35 years experience in policy management, Michael Jenkin was for 15 years Director General of Consumer Affairs at Industry Canada and served as the chair of the OECD Committee on Consumer Policy for eight years from 2006-2014. He has also served in management positions in Industry Canada and a number of other federal departments dealing with science and technology policy and regional development issues.
Michael has a BA (Hons.) in history, politics and economics from Trent University and an MA (Econ.) and Ph.D. in government from the University of Manchester in the UK and has written books and articles on public policy issues ranging from industrial and regional development to federal-provincial relations.
In 2002 he was awarded the City of Ottawa’s Whitton Award for community service, in 2012 the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for public and community service, and in 2014 the Public Service Award of Excellence for Outstanding Career which was presented by the Governor General. Trent University presented him with a “Distinguished Alumni Award” in 2011. He lives in Ottawa.