Paul Ledwell

Paul Ledwell

Executive Vice President

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Paul Ledwell is Executive Vice-President at the Public Policy Forum, where he leads the Forum’s work in innovation and public governance and contributes to thought leadership in areas such as economic development, health and the environment.   He joined the Forum in April 2009, bringing 20 years leadership experience in policy, research, and public advocacy, and extensive work with partners in government, academe, private and voluntary sectors, and the media.  At PPF, he is leading a major multi-year and multi-sector project, Innovation Next, which aims to advance a stronger culture and practice of innovation in Canada. 

Previously, Paul served as President of the Institute On Governance, as the first Director of Government Relations at the University of Ottawa, as Executive Director of the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences and as the Chair of the Canadian Consortium for Research.  He has provided senior leadership on national initiatives, including the National Dialogue on Higher Education and the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences.  He has been a commentator in the media, an invited speaker to conferences in Canada and around the world, and has appeared before many parliamentary and other national committees on matters related to economic and social policy.  

Internationally, Paul has been engaged on issues related to democratic development in Asia and the Middle East, and on innovation and higher education policy in the US and Europe.  He has contributed, in a volunteer capacity, to many national organizations and currently serves as a Board member to Actua and an advisor to several NGOs.