Mark Towhey is a management consultant with Ballacaine Strategy & Execution, working with clients in the private, public and international NGO sectors who aspire to achieve bold strategic objectives. He specializes in turning bold strategy into effective and successful action. He was recently engaged to help a relatively little-known federal politician win the leadership of the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario; he succeeded.
From 2010 to 2013, Mark served as senior advisor & Chief of Staff to the Mayor of North America’s 4th largest city and Canada’s 6th largest government with 53,000 employees and a $13 Billion budget. Working closely with the Mayor, the Executive Committee (Cabinet), senior city officials and other governments, he crafted a successful legislative agenda that achieved exceptional success within the first 18 months of the mandate.
Mark was the key driver behind a plan that implemented an unprecedented city-wide review of services, achieved sustainable annual operating expense reductions of over $350 million and an annual operating budget that was smaller than the prior year. He helped conceive and implement a groundbreaking labor-relations strategy that won unparalleled concessions from city unions, saving taxpayers $150 million. He also helped execute a strategy to outsource garbage collection that improved service and saved $11 million annually.
From 1983 to 1997, Mark was an Army Officer, leading successful operational teams in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. From 1998 to 2007, he founded and led TOWHEY Consulting Group Inc., a successful international firm focused on issues, risk + crisis leadership, whose clients included the governments of Canada and Ontario, CIBC, McCain Foods Ltd., MDS Pharma Services and others. In 2007, he was recruited by the Government of Canada to work with the UN and EU to solve a unique challenge in Afghanistan. Later, he worked for the World Bank Group in Afghanistan and Pakistan. He holds an MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business at Western University and is a Certified Management Consultant.
“Towhey has a reputation outside his office for getting things done. As one high-ranking Queen’s Park politico told us, while he doesn’t agree with Towhey’s politics, Towhey is one person inside the current regime who can actually make something happen.” – Andrew Wallace, Toronto Life, Aug 15, 2012
“Judging by his response to pieces of concrete falling from the Gardiner Expressway, Mark Towhey can handle a crisis and is a credit to his boss …You couldn’t ask for a better response…” – Jack Lakey, Toronto Star, Dec 16, 2012
“(Towhey’s) conduct, and the efforts it seems to have inspired in other staffers, stands as the lone bright light in this seamy story.” – Christie Blatchford, National Post, Nov 13, 2013