Dwight Duncan 

Dwight Duncan

Toronto
Brookfield Place, Suite 4400
181 Bay Street
Toronto, Ontario M5J 2T3

t: 416.865.7287
e: dwight.duncan@mcmillan.ca

overview

Dwight Duncan is a senior strategic advisor at McMillan LLP, one of Canada's most respected law firms. He also advises a number of other businesses and is a Special Advisor to the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System (OMERS).

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. He delivered six budgets and authored historic reforms to Ontario's tax, pension, insurance, and energy regimes.

Mr. Duncan played a leadership role in formulating the Province's response to the economic recession of 2008.

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.

Mr. Duncan oversaw a number of large commercial transactions on behalf of the Province. These included lease extensions with Teranet, the re-organization of the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation, Ontario's first P3 highway projects, and the financial restructuring of General Motors and Chrysler.

Mr. Duncan also had Ministerial responsibility for the Ontario Securities Commission, the Ontario Energy Board, Hydro One, and Ontario Power Generation.

Prior to his election to the Legislature he served for 6 years as a municipal councillor in the City of Windsor and worked for eight years as the chief administrative officer at Brentwood, a highly regarded addiction treatment centre.

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 a number of awards and distinctions including a honourary doctorate from the University of Windsor (2013) and recognition as one of Toronto's 50 Most Influential People by Toronto Life Magazine (2012).

Presentations

The Future of Business Taxation in Canada: An Insider's Perspective

Education

  • University of Windsor, Bachelor of Commerce (Hons)
  • University of Windsor, MBA
  • McGill University, Bachelor of Arts (Economics)
  • University of Windsor, LLD

Practices

insurance
private equity
pensions
government procurement
government and public policy
gaming and lottery

Industries

automotive
electricity and utilities
gaming and lottery
insurance
Dwight Duncan is a senior strategic advisor at McMillan LLP, one of Canada's most respected law firms. He also advises a number of other businesses and is a Special Advisor to the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System (OMERS).

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. He delivered six budgets and authored historic reforms to Ontario's tax, pension, insurance, and energy regimes.

Mr. Duncan played a leadership role in formulating the Province's response to the economic recession of 2008.

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.

Mr. Duncan oversaw a number of large commercial transactions on behalf of the Province. These included lease extensions with Teranet, the re-organization of the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation, Ontario's first P3 highway projects, and the financial restructuring of General Motors and Chrysler.

Mr. Duncan also had Ministerial responsibility for the Ontario Securities Commission, the Ontario Energy Board, Hydro One, and Ontario Power Generation.

Prior to his election to the Legislature he served for 6 years as a municipal councillor in the City of Windsor and worked for eight years as the chief administrative officer at Brentwood, a highly regarded addiction treatment centre.

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 a number of awards and distinctions including a honourary doctorate from the University of Windsor (2013) and recognition as one of Toronto's 50 Most Influential People by Toronto Life Magazine (2012).
presentations
April 2014
The Future of Business Taxation in Canada: An Insider's Perspective
Canadian Corporate Counsel Association