Dwight Duncan serves as a Senior Strategic Advisor at McMillan LLP. Mr. Duncan also is a member of the Advisory Board of McMillan Vantage the firm’s wholly owned public policy advisory firm.
Mr. Duncan currently sits on the Board of Directors, and Chairs the Audit Committees, of Travelers Insurance Canada and the Dominion General Insurance Company. In addition he sits on the Boards of Directors of Crown Crest Trust, and the Global Risk Institute.
Mr. Duncan also Chairs the Board of Directors of the Windsor Detroit Bridge Authority, the federal crown corporation overseeing the construction and operation of the $5.7 billion Gordie Howe International Bridge.
Duncan, also sits on the Board of Directors of the MS Society of Canada’s Scientific Research Foundation where he serves as Treasurer.
Recently, Mr. Duncan served on the Board of Directors of Natura Naturals where he sat on the Board Special Committee that oversaw and negotiated the $82 million sale of Natura to Tilray Inc.
Prior to joining McMillan, Mr. Duncan had a distinguished career in public service that spanned close to 25 years.
During his time as a Member of the Ontario Legislature he served as Deputy Premier, Minister of Finance, Chair of the Management Board of Cabinet, Chair of Cabinet, Government House Leader, Minister of Energy, Minister of Revenue, Minister of Government Services and Opposition House Leader.
Duncan delivered six budgets and authored historic reforms to Ontario’s tax, pension, insurance, and energy regimes. As Finance Minister, he lowered corporate and personal taxes, eliminated the capital tax and created the harmonized sales tax (HST). During his tenure, the Government of Ontario invested record sums in infrastructure, healthcare and education to lay the foundation for improved productivity and a more prosperous economy.
Duncan oversaw several large commercial transactions on behalf of the Province. These included lease extensions with Teranet, the reorganization of the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation, Ontario’s first P3 highway projects, including the RT. Hon. Herb Gray Parkway, and the financial restructuring of General Motors and Chrysler.
Mr. Duncan also had Ministerial responsibility for the Ontario Securities Commission, the Ontario Energy Board, Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation, the Liquor Control Board of Ontario, Hydro One, and Ontario Power Generation.
Mr. Duncan holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Hons) and MBA (University of Windsor) as well as a B.A. (Economics –McGill University).
Mr. Duncan has received numerous awards and distinctions including an honorary doctorate of laws degree from the University of Windsor, where he currently serves as Executive-in-Residence at the Odette School of Business.
In addition, he has received the Queen’s Gold and Diamond Jubilee Medals, and recognition as one of Toronto’s 50 most influential people by Toronto Life Magazine (2012).
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