Josh Hjartarson is National Leader for the Human Services at Deloitte Canada. Recently, he was the leader of KPMG’s Public Sector Management Consulting Practice, His career history includes five years as a public servant, 10 years as an academic, and three years as a senior advocate and champion of the Ontario business community. He has a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Toronto.
He grew up in rural Alberta in the midst of a deep recession. Like many families, his was reliant on government supports during this period. This is why Josh firmly believes in the value of government. He also believes that enhancing the efficacy of the Canadian public sector spend is both a moral and economic development imperative. In this spirit, his professional and academic interests converge on the transformation of the social safety net and public service writ large so that they are more integrated, outcomes-focused, and client and family centric.
When not contemplating the safety net, he helps coach a little league baseball team, reads vociferously, and travels as much as he can.