Lots of media on Toronto and me, here, here, here and here. We had been trying to wait on the announcement until I visit the city again in late August but the cat's now very far out of the bag as they say. So here's the skinny.
First off let me say that our time in Washington DC and at George Mason's School of Public Policy has been terrific. The leadership of the school, Kingsley Haynes and Roger Stough are dear old friends and colleagues. What they and their team have done to build a new school of public policy in less than a decade is phenomenal. My GMU colleagues have been great. Washington is a wonderful city that has been a great place to work. Also, our remarkable CCG team is mainly here - David, Steven, Amanda, and our interns (with other key folks in Pittsburgh). CCG will stay a DC and Pittsburgh based company. We'll miss our colleagues, and our friends, our house, neighborhood and neighbors and especially our neighborhood pool. There is no push here, only pull, which brings me to ...
Toronto - It's a city I've long admired. My own calculations put the broad Tor-Buff-Chester mega-region as one of the world's ten largest. Toronto is at the cutting edge of innovative, dare I say creative, urbanism and economic development. Some of the media say it reflects my principles. The truth is more the reverse: What Toronto has done has informed my work.
The main reason for the move is Roger Martin, Dean of the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto. Its Roger's vision that has created the major new Centre for Jurisdictional Advantage and Prosperity funded, as has been reported in the press, by some $100 million in funds from the Province of Ontario and private sector sources. Ontario's Premier, Dalton McGuinty and his team could not have been more generous. Joseph Rotman provided part of that funding to get the initial research agenda of the Centre up and running. The Centre will have amazing quarters in the MaRs Centre, essentially the old Toronto General Hospital, near campus and almost directly across from the Ontario Parliament. The space, which we are working on now, is phenomenal. For the first time in my career I will have a stable source of research funding to build a team, develop data, support other researchers, and really build capability and knowledge in this area. My title will be Director of the Centre and Professor of Business and Creativity.
My wife Rana and I have found a wonderful house in Toronto's Rosedale neighborhood overlooking the ravine. We hope to move in early September.
If there's more you'd like to know, just give a shout.