David is driven to renew Canada’s role in the world and Canadians’ role in Canada. “I see Canada as a model, an experiment where Canadians, and the world’s citizens, can exchange ideas in pursuit of building a more inclusive and just society,” says the Vancouver native who has a BA from Queen’s and a Master’s of International Relations degree from Oxford. He has recently concluded work with Vantage Partners, a spin-off of the Harvard Negotiation Project, where he was lead author of the Canada25 report “From Middle to Model Power: Recharging Canada’s Role in the World.” He is a frequent guest speaker on this topic, engaging students, academics and policymakers at, among other places, Mt. Alison, UBC, Queen’s, McGill, the Privy Council Office and Foreign Affairs Canada.
Passionate about conflict resolution, David believes any problem can be solved, even when parties appear to violently disagree – a belief that guides his actions as a negotiation consultant to Fortune 500 firms, a Canada25 organizer, and a volunteer mediator in South Boston courtrooms. Currently on contract as a policy advisor with the Privy Council Office, in September David will begin a year at McGill as Canada’s 2005 Sauvé Scholar. He plans to research and write on Canadian foreign policy, network-based organizations and civic engagement.
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