Journalist Edward Greenspon to lead Public Policy Forum

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03/02/2016

KATHRYN MAY, OTTAWA CITIZEN

Published on: March 2, 2016 

Edward Greenspon, a well-known Canadian journalist, is the new president of the Public Policy Forum, an Ottawa-based think tank.

Greenspon takes over from Larry Murray, the former board chairman who was acting president following the abrupt departure of long-time president and CEO David Mitchell last summer. The appointment is effective immediately.

Greenspon has a long and distinguished career in journalism, most recently at Bloomberg LP where he was the editor-at-large of its Canadian news division. He was an editor-in-chief of the Globe and Mail, an executive at Torstar Corp.’s Star Media Group.

“Ed’s a highly credible policy leader and exceptional communicator,” said Anne-Marie Hubert, the Forum’s current board chair. “I know he’ll excel at combining the best possible thinking with building trust across sectors to contribute to the best policy outcomes for our country.

The Forum was created nearly 30 years ago as an independent, non-government organization with a mandate to improve the quality of government and policy-making by promoting dialogue and collaboration between leaders of all sectors.

“As someone who believes deeply in having thoughtful, far-ranging discussions on the policy problems of our times, I’m thrilled to join the Forum community,” said Greenspon. “I’m excited and proud to advance its collaborative solutions that lead to better outcomes for Canadians.”

The Forum is holding its Atlantic Dinner and Awards in Halifax on Thursday, honouring four recipients for their work in public policy: Ray Ivany president and vice-chancellor of Acadia University; Peter Nicholson, former president of the Council of Canadian Academies; Gerry Pond, chair of Mariner Partners and Chris Power, CEO Canadian Patient Safety Institute.