Giles Gherson, DM, Ontario Ministry of Economic Development and Growth

Giles Gherson, DM, Ontario Ministry of Economic Development and Growth

Giles Gherson was appointed Deputy Minister of Research, Innovation and Science and Deputy Minister of Economic Development and Growth in September of 2014 and Deputy Minister Responsible for Small Business in January of 2017.

Giles’s first appointment was Deputy Minister of Communications and Associate Secretary of the Cabinet, and he has been a leading force in modernizing government communications, including introducing social media.

In July of 2008, Giles was appointed Deputy Minister of Policy and Delivery, Associate Secretary of the Cabinet and in November of 2011 he became Deputy Minister of Government and Consumer Services.

Prior to joining the Ontario government, Giles was editor in chief of the Toronto Star, the Edmonton Journal and the Southam News Service, and was editor of the Globe and Mail’s Report on Business.

During the mid-1990s, Giles served as principal secretary for social security reform in the federal Department of Human Resources Development.