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Lawrence National Centre for Policy and Management



Mahmood Nanji has nearly thirty years of public policy, public management and commercial transactions experience with both the governments of Ontario and Canada.

Most recently, he was the Associate Deputy Minister, Ontario Retirement Pension Plan Implementation Secretariat at the Ontario Ministry of Finance responsible for designing and implementing one of the largest public pension plans in North America in a couple of decades. He also co-authored an in-depth study on The Evolution of the Canadian Pension Model for the World Bank.

He has held senior executive positions with the Ministries of Finance, Economic Development and Trade, Energy, Public Infrastructure Renewal and Cabinet Office and has led some of the government’s highest priority initiatives and most complex policy and program administration files including negotiating major co-investment deals and other agreements . His portfolio experience includes leading the second largest tax administration in Canada, and key revenue integrity files such as the underground economy and corporate tax avoidance, acting as the provincial lead on the restructuring of General Motors and Chrysler, and negotiating the First Nations Gaming Sharing Revenue Agreement and the Toronto-York Spadina Subway Extension.

In addition, Mahmood has contributed to the development of several provincial budgets and various pieces of legislation, has led the establishment of agencies and has supported government transitions.

He has also advised the governments of Uganda, Kenya and Mozambique on public sector reform initiatives.

He has served on several boards including the Board of Directors of the Ontario Electricity Financial Corporation, the Ontario Northland Transportation Commission, Ontario Aerospace Council and the OPTrust pension plan.

Mahmood has done undergraduate and graduate work in public administration at Carleton University, completed the Ivey Executive Program and the Directors Education Program at the Institute of Corporate Directors and Rotman School of Management.