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 (COU).  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 Intergovernmental Fiscal Relations Commission, a Senior Fellow at the C.D. Howe Institute, a Board Member of the Ontario Brain Institute, an Adjunct Professor in the School of Public Policy and Administration at Carleton University, and a Distinguished Fellow at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, University of Toronto.

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