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Ruth Merskey

Senior Fellow
Public Policy and Leadership Professional
Government of Ontario


Ruth Merskey is a strategic policy professional and leader. For more than fifteen years, she has worked in both the public and private sectors. With the Government of Ontario, she supported the overhaul of the accountability and oversight framework for provincial agencies, led the training and provided advice on government decision-making for ministry and agency clients concerned with transparency and good governance. Most recently, she has been providing direction on a change-management project focused on building a healthy workplace. The work takes into consideration consistent business practice, transparency in leadership, and practical support for diversity and inclusion. Ruth previously ran an independent communications consultancy, providing strategic advice and communications service to clients in the private and not-for-profit sectors.

Ruth holds a Bachelor of Arts (Modern European History) from the University of Toronto and a Master of Arts (Film and Art Theory) from the University of Kent at Canterbury, United Kingdom. She first proposed and has subsequently assisted the Centre for Free Expression with its annual film series. Ruth’s activities with the Centre reflect her own views and opinions, not her employer’s.