The Council of Ontario Universities (COU) provides a forum for Ontario’s universities to collaborate and advocate in support of their shared mission to the benefit and prosperity of students, communities and the province of Ontario.


President’s Bio


Steve Orsini - President and CEO

Steve Orsini is President and CEO of the Council of Ontario Universities. Prior to this role, Steve held several leadership positions in the Ontario Public Service, including Secretary of the Cabinet, Deputy Minister of Finance and Secretary of the Treasury Board, and Deputy Minister of Revenue. Steve also held several leadership positions at the Ontario Hospital Association, including Vice-President of Policy and Public Affairs.

Steve is a member of the Fiscal Federalism Policy Network, a Board Member of the Ontario Brain Institute and Canadian Ditchley Foundation, and a Senior Fellow at the C.D. Howe Institute.

Steve holds a Bachelor of Applied Arts in Urban and Regional Planning and a Master’s in Environmental Studies.