Bill Morneau served as a Senior Fellow at Jackson during the 2020-2021 academic year. He currently is Canada’s candidate for Secretary-General of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). He was minister of finance from 2015 to 2020. He is also an accomplished business leader and philanthropist with proven international experience.
As Canada’s Minister of Finance, Morneau played a key role in shaping progressive, sustainable and gender-responsive economic policies, including Canada’s economic response to the COVID-19 pandemic. He was also an active member in all of the major international social-economic forums, including the G7, G20, Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, International Monetary Fund, World Bank, and the OECD, where he has advocated on issues surrounding climate change and the digital economy.
Between 1990 and 2015, Morneau led the multinational human resources firm Morneau Shepell. Under his leadership, the firm grew to over 4,000 employees, becoming the largest human resources services provider in Canada.
As a philanthropist, Morneau has worked to support the arts, help at-risk youth and improve access to health care and education around the world. He founded a school for Somali and Sudanese girls in a UN Refugee Agency camp in northern Kenya and served as chair of the C.D. Howe Institute, a leading Canadian economic think tank.
Morneau is fluent in English and French, and holds a BA from Western University, an MSc (Economics) from the London School of Economics and an MBA from INSEAD.