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Trent Gow

Making Waves Commentator

Trent Gow is a professional public policy advisor – also known as policy wonk – by intuition, training and experience. Over a 40 year career, he has had senior executive responsibility in the federal government (Treasury Board Secretariat, Department of Finance, Labour Canada, Bank of Canada), the Canadian banking industry (Bank of Montreal, Chase Manhattan), and the public affairs/ government relations consulting sector (GPC Policy Consultants, TGA Policy Solutions).

As a consultant, Trent has had primary responsibility for over 500 research, advisory and advocacy mandates in the areas of health policy; public sector governance/ accountability; environmental impact and policy; and financial services legislation/ regulation.

Trent has considerable personal experience in governance, having served as founding Chair of the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute; Chair of Queen Elizabeth Hospital; Director of the MDS Life Sciences Technology Fund; Director of the Hospice Association of Ontario; Director of The Dorothy Ley Hospice, Chair of the RCMP Pay Council; Vice-Chair of the Ontario Development Corporation; Chair of the Ottawa-Carleton Children’s Aid Society;  Director of Innovation Ontario; and Director, Lumira Capital.

Trent Gow has an M.A. degree in Economics from the University of Toronto. He completed Ph.D. comprehensive requirements at the same university in economic theory, monetary economics and labour economics. 

Trent and his wife Jacqueline have had a family cottage in Wasaga Beach for over 40 years and are delighted to have recently made Wasaga their fulltime home. They are blessed to have four sons, five grandchildren and two shaggy Old English Sheep Dogs.

Both Trent and Jacqueline have been members of Canada‘s gold-medal winning national dragon boat teams at recent world championships in the Czech Republic and Tampa, Florida.


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