Open Policy Ontario is the social policy consultancy of John Stapleton.
John Stapleton worked for the Ontario Government in the Ministry of Community and Social Services for 28 years in the areas of social assistance policy and operations. During his early career, John was senior policy advisor to the Social Assistance Review Committee. His more recent government work concerned the implementation of the National Child Benefit.
John is a senior research associate with the Neighbourhood Change Research Partnership at the University of Toronto. He is a Commissioner with the Ontario Soldiers’ Aid Commission and is a volunteer with West Neighbourhood House and WoodGreen Community Services of Toronto. John was Research Director for the Task Force on Modernizing Income Security for Working-Age Adults in Toronto and was the co-chair of the working group associated with this project. He is a former Innovation Fellowship at the Metcalf Foundation. He teaches public policy. He sat on federal Minister Duclos’ advisory committee on poverty reduction, the Minister of Community and Social Services advisory group on social assistance reform and Toronto’s advisory group on poverty reduction.
John has published op-eds in the Globe & Mail, National Post and the Toronto Star. He has written reviews for the Literary Review of Canada and written articles and studies for Ideas that Matter, the University of Toronto, the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, the C.D. Howe Institute, the Canadian Working Group on HIV and Rehabilitation, the Caledon Institute, The Toronto Dominion Financial Group, the Metcalf Foundation, the Ontario Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth, Employment and Social Development Canada, Indian and Northern Affairs, Civic Action, Policy Options and many others.
John is the former chair of the Board of West Scarborough Community Legal Services and is a member of the Council on Aging of Ottawa’s Expert Panel on Income Security. He is the Past President of the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame and remains on its Board of Directors.
Yvonne Yuan, Research Associate
Yvonne Yuan is a public policy analyst with considerable practical and academic experience. She came to Canada as an international student and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in City Studies from the University of Toronto. Her principal goal is to develop new human geography skills while attaining the necessary experiences to pursue new avenues of public policy analysis, expertise and advocacy while expanding current pathways. She is committed to policy analysis in small geographies and progressive policy advocacy in general.