Sandra Pupatello is the Strategic Advisor, Industry, Global Markets & Public Sector, for PwC Canada. Sandra’s depth of experience, network of business contacts and public profile allow her to serve PwC’s clients domestically and abroad. Her distinguished career in the public sector – including leading trade delegations in most major markets globally – helps clients develop relationships in markets that align to their growth strategies.
Sandra was first elected to the Ontario Legislature in 1995 and was appointed to Cabinet in 2003. During her renowned political career, she served most of her 8 years in Cabinet as Minister of Economic Development and Trade. In addition, she served as Minister of Education and Minister of Social Services.
Sandra has a proven track record of building profitable partnerships across multiple industries, having managed multi-billion dollar budgets and initiatives, driving growth and leading organizational transformation. She has put her strategic thinking to work with businesses throughout the supply network of most sectors, especially manufacturing, financial services, information communication technology, life sciences, aerospace, automotive and energy. Sandra also spent some time serving the federal government, reviewing Canada’s aerospace industry and its worldwide competitiveness.
Sandra has a keen interest in the energy sector, understanding its role as the backbone of economic infrastructure. Sandra was the Chair of the Board of Hydro One Inc., Canada’s largest transmission organization. Sandra is also a strong advocate for Ontario's manufacturing sector, and is a director of the Board at Martinrea International Inc., a global auto parts maker.
Sandra’s ongoing commitment to community betterment and mentoring women who aspire to lead, led to her receiving the Women's Executive Network’s (WXN) 2014 Top 100 Canada’s Most Powerful Women award. She was recently awarded the Business Woman of the Year by the ICCO in Toronto, Canada.