AMS Phoenix Conference

Denise Cole


Denise Allyson Cole is an ardent public servant with the Ontario Public Service (OPS) and has been involved in public policy for more than three decades. She has served in increasingly challenging roles and, in the words of a former colleague, “is a tow truck for stuck intentions”. She is currently the Assistant Deputy Minister responsible for health workforce planning and regulatory affairs in the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.

Prior to joining the OPS, Denise was partner and vice-president of a public affairs firm where she provided strategic advice to diverse clients on public policy and government issues. She has also worked in senior positions within the federal, provincial and municipal levels of government.

A staunch believer in community service, Denise received the Governor General’s Commemorative Medal on the 125th Anniversary of the Confederation of Canada. She is recognized in the book, Jamaicans in Canada: When Ackee Meets Codfish, as one of 250 individuals born in Jamaica who have made extraordinary contributions to Canada and, in 2016, was acknowledged as one of 100 Accomplished Black Canadian Women.

Denise has a bachelor’s degree from McMaster University and a number of executive development certificates from other universities. A fervent music fan, Denise is learning to play the saxophone.