Ruth Merskey is a strategic policy professional with more than fifteen years’ experience in the public and private sectors. At Treasury Board Secretariat (Government of Ontario) she supported overhaul of the accountability and oversight framework for provincial agencies, leading training and advice on government decision-making for ministry and agency clients, with particular attention to the principles underpinning transparency and good governance. Ms. Merskey previously ran an independent communications consultancy, providing strategic advice and practical communications support to clients in the private and not-for-profit sectors. She is a skilled communicator and facilitator who regularly manages complex organizational and stakeholder relationships.
Ms. Merskey has an abiding interest in the principles and organizations that help support functional democracy. As part of her recent discussions in this area, she developed the concept for the Film Series: Repression, Dissent, and Free Expression hosted by the Centre for Free Expression at Ryerson University.
Ms. Merskey 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 currently works as a public servant with the Government of Ontario. Ms. Merskey’s engagement with the Centre reflects solely her own views and opinions and not those of her employer.