School of Policy Studies

School of Policy Studies
School of Policy Studies

2017 Thomas Plunkett Lecture with Guest Lecturer: Peter Wallace, City Manager, City of Toronto

"It's time for a reset: Government relations must change from roles to outcomes"

Friday October 13, 2017,  12:00 pm 
Robert Sutherland Hall, 138 Union Street, Room 202

A light lunch will be available starting at 11:30 AM.  All are Welcome

Peter Wallace | October 13, 2017


Peter Wallace

City Manager
City of Toronto

Abstract: Toronto City Manager Peter Wallace asserts that the current system of policy integration across orders of government is broken. This breakage prevents the achievement of public policy goals that would better serve residents and communities. Many federal and provincial priorities depend on execution in urban communities. But the dependencies for positive outcomes are not articulated or coordinated. The time is now for aligned consensus-building and prioritization to better serve our communities.


Peter Wallace is currently the City Manager for the City of Toronto, with the overall responsibility for over 53,000 staff, an Operating budget of about $12 Billion and a 2015-24 Capital Plan of $32 billion.

Toronto is Canada's largest city and the 6th largest government in the country.

Peter’s career in the public service spans over more than 30 years. Peter became Secretary of the Cabinet, head of the Ontario Public Service and Clerk of the Executive Council on December 17, 2011. Before his appointment as Secretary of the Cabinet, Peter was Deputy Minister of Finance for three years. Peter also served as Deputy Minister of Energy. Earlier, he was Deputy Minister and Associate Secretary of the Cabinet with responsibility for Policy in Cabinet Office.

Peter began his public service career in 1981 after completing a BA (Honours) in Political Economy and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Toronto.