Chief Executive Officer, Institute of Public Administration of Canada (IPAC)
David joined IPAC as the CEO at the beginning of April, 2021. He has a wealth of experience in public service having worked with the Ontario Public Service (OPS) for over 32 years, 16 of those as an Assistant Deputy Minister (ADM) in a number of positions. He has extensive experience in direct service delivery and regional operations having led the Employment & Training Division at the Ministry of Training, Colleges & Universities. In addition to his leadership roles, he established an interjurisdictional network of public servants across Canada to share best practices and lessons learned.
As an ADM in the Ministry of Finance he successfully collaborated with the IT and Finance communities to wind down 17 separate financial systems and create one financial system for the entire OPS. He was responsible for managing a consortium of private sector partners and also managed to create a partnership to borrow resources from other provinces to help Ontario.
As ADM, Chief Administrative Officer for the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Training, Colleges & Universities David provided leadership on operational functions, including: finance, legal services, audit, human resources, strategic planning and research.
Most recently David was the Vice-President, Research & Policy at Colleges Ontario where he successfully led a team responsible for developing research & policy options that advocated on behalf of Ontario's 24 colleges. Working closely with the colleges his team was able to build a consensus that enabled colleges to achieve strategic changes in a number of areas. David is also a guest lecturer at the University of Waterloo, where he speaks on the public service.
David has been a supporter of IPAC throughout his career. He has attended conferences and has played a role in numerous events. He worked internationally in Lithuania on behalf of IPAC/CIDA to help the new government establish a budgetary process. The teams that he has led have been acknowledged through IPAC awards for their outstanding work.