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Sutha Balasingham

Sutha Balasingham

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Sutha Balasingham

YorkU alum Sutha Balasingham


Head, Strategic Initiatives
Regional Municipality of York

Tell prospective students a bit about the work you do.

In my current position as Head, Strategic Initiatives, I lead the strategic planning process for the Community and Health Services department. The department includes areas such as Social Services, Housing Services, Public Health, Paramedics and Seniors Services with over 2,500 staff working across 75 locations in York Region.

I also manage cross-departmental projects such as the Mental Health Matters initiative and human capital/leadership development initiatives. I provide advice and support on initiatives such as the Corporate Strategic Plan, Council transitions, and the departmental budget process. In this position, I also manage and maintain strategic relationships with other levels of government, community partners, and municipal associations.

Tell prospective students a bit about how your studies at York helped you to get where you are today.

The MPPAL program provided me with a solid theoretical foundation for developing public policy, program evaluation and public finance. Given that it was an executive-style program for those with previous experience in the field, the discussions and dialogues among participants were rich and insightful. The professors were approachable with extensive knowledge in their fields. It also gave me an opportunity to expand my network in the public sector.