Sunil Johal


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Sunil Johal is a policy expert with a track record of executive-level experience addressing challenging issues. In his current role he is Special Advisor to the Deputy Ministers at Employment and Social Development Canada, where he plays a strategic coordination role advancing key files related to Canada’s labour market, social policy and service delivery. He is the David and Ann Wilson Professor in Public Policy and Society at Victoria College, University of Toronto.

Sunil was Policy Director at the University of Toronto’s Mowat Centre from 2012 to 2019, where he led the Centre’s research activities and established himself as a thought leader on issues such as the future of work and the implications of disruptive technologies. In 2019 he was named Chair of the Expert Panel on Modern Labour Standards by the federal Minister of Labour. The panel examined and provided advice on issues related to the changing nature of work, including a federal minimum wage.

Sunil has held senior executive and policy roles at all levels of government. He is frequently invited to speak at conferences in Canada and abroad. He has contributed expert commentary and advice to a range of organizations and media outlets, including the G-20, World Economic Forum, Brookings Institution, Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, the CBC, The Washington Post, The Guardian and the OECD.

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