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Michael D. Harris

Michael Deane Harris was born in Toronto in 1945, and was raised in Callander and North Bay, Ontario.  Prior to his election to the Ontario Legislature in 1981, Mike Harris was a schoolteacher, a School Board Trustee and Chair, and an entrepreneur in the Nipissing area. 

On June 8, 1995 Mr. Harris became the twenty-second Premier of Ontario following a landslide election victory.  Four years later, the voters of Ontario re-elected Mike Harris and his team — making him the first Ontario Premier in more than 30 years to form a second consecutive majority government. They turned an $11 billion deficit into a $3 billion surplus and passed balanced budget legislation.  Mike Harris' leadership led to 600,000 fewer people on welfare and over 845,000 new jobs in Ontario.

After leaving office in 2002, Mr. Harris formed his own consulting firm.  As President of Steane Consulting Ltd., Mr. Harris serves as an advisor to numerous Canadian companies including Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP where he currently serves as Senior Business Advisor. 

Mr. Harris is a Director on several public and private boards.  He served as Chairman of Magna International Inc. until May 2012.  His current public board directorships include Chartwell Retirement Residences; Canaccord Genuity Group; Colliers International Group and Route1.  Mr. Harris also serves on the Advisory Boards of several Private Equity Funds including EnerTech Capital, Beringer Capital and Sterling Financial Group.

As well, Mr. Harris is a Senior Fellow with The Fraser Institute, a leading Canadian economic, social research and education organization.  He also serves as a member of the boards for The Manning Centre for Building Democracy.

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