Michael Mendelson is Chair of the Board of Directors of the Environics Institute for Survey Research, a non-profit institute whose mission is to promote public opinion and social research on issues of public policy and social change.  He is also a Maytree Fellow with the Maytree Foundation. In the private sector, Mr. Mendelson is an active director of a holding company with three current businesses in the technology and real estate sectors.


Mr. Mendelson was Senior Scholar at the Caledon Institute of Social Policy until 2017 when the Institute was incorporated into the Maytree Foundation.  Prior to his appointment to the Caledon Institute, he was the Deputy Secretary (Deputy Minister) of Cabinet Office in Ontario.  He has served as an Assistant Deputy Minister in Ontario’s Ministries of Finance, Community Services and Health.  In Manitoba, he was Secretary to Treasury Board and Deputy Minister of Social Services.


Mr. Mendelson has been a participant in several of Canada’s major developments in federal-provincial relations, finance and social policy.  As Deputy Minister in Manitoba and in Ontario, he helped prepare three Budgets: one each for an NDP, Conservative and Liberal administration.  He co-led Ontario’s delegation on ‘division of powers’ in the Charlottetown Constitutional negotiations.  While in the Federal Privy Council's Ministry of State for Social Development, he played a critical role in the development of the Canada Health Act.  He was a consultant for the National Forum on Health and the Parliamentary Task Force on Federal-Provincial Fiscal Relations.  As Deputy Minister in Manitoba he oversaw the recognition of path breaking First Nations Child Family Service agencies on indigenous reserves and the establishment of the first major off-reserve urban indigenous controlled child and family agency in Canada.


Mr. Mendelson has published many articles on social and fiscal policy, as well as a book on the issue of universality. He has been a Visiting Professor at the University of Toronto, School of Social Work. He has undertaken many consulting projects both in the private and public sector. He has had numerous appearances on TV and radio and articles in the print media.