David J. Mitchell became President and CEO of the Public Policy Forum in January of 2009. The Forum is an independent non-governmental organization, dedicated to improving the quality of government in Canada through multisectoral dialogue and research on governance and public service.
Previously, Mr. Mitchell served as Vice-president at three Canadian universities: Queen's, the University of Ottawa and Simon Fraser University. Directing fundraising and external relations at each institution, he achieved notable successes in strategic positioning and fund development. At the University of Ottawa, for instance, he led an important branding initiative and completed a major fundraising campaign which exceeded its $200 million objective more than a year ahead of schedule.
David Mitchell's diverse career path has also included senior positions in both the public and private sectors. Serving as a Member of the British Columbia Legislature from 1991 to 1996, he was a watchdog on a broad range of issues including parliamentary reform, advanced education, resource management and labour relations. He had previously gained experience in parliamentary procedure and legislative processes as Deputy Clerk of the Saskatchewan Legislature.
Mr. Mitchell also has significant private sector business experience, having held executive positions within western Canadian resource industries, including vice-president of marketing and general manager of industrial relations.
David Mitchell holds a Master's degree in Canadian and American history from Simon Fraser University. An award-winning writer and former newspaper columnist, Mr. Mitchell contributes to several newspapers and magazines and serves as a frequent public affairs commentator on television and radio.
The father of two daughters, he is married to author and media critic, Shari Graydon. He is a board member of the Centre for the Study of Democracy at Queen's University and a Governor and Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society.
"Opinion - Top 10 public policy stories of 2013", Edmonton Journal, December 31, 2013.
"Guest column - Top 10 public policy stories of the year", The Province, December 27, 2013.
"Op-Ed - Top 10 public policy stories of 2013", OTTAWA CITIZEN, December 22, 2013.
"Prime ministers' club would be good for Canada, experts say", Postmedia News, December 10, 2013.
"Interview on agricultural innovation in the Prairies - Breadbasket 2.0 (in French only)", Radio Canada, December 05, 2013.
"Public service losing its ability to provide policy advice, former top bureaucrat says", OTTAWA CITIZEN, October 21, 2013.
"President's Letter", September 18, 2013.
"Canadian income inequality on ‘very worrying trajectory’ to match U.S. ‘hollowing out’ of middle class", The Hill Times, August 28, 2013.
"Interview with David Mitchell at Breadbasket 2.0 Summit", CJWW Radio, June 24, 2013.
"Government should capitalize on skill and experience of ex-prime ministers: experts", Postmedia News, December 02, 2012.
"The Right Honourable Club", Postmedia, November 30, 2012.
"Aboriginal industrial participation: A shared opportunity demands a shared approach", Oilsands review, November 29, 2012.
"Upsets unlikely in byelections, but there’s still lots to watch for", Ottawa Citizen, November 26, 2012.
"Appoint former PMs to the Senate, Nov. 19 2012", Ottawa Citizen, November 19, 2012.
"Youth civic disengagement—op-ed by David Mitchell and Ryan Conway, iPolitics, Oct. 23, 2012", iPolitics, November 01, 2012.
"President's Letter", September 18, 2012.
"Hold on, Madame Marois", The Ottawa Citizen, September 06, 2012.
"Citizen-initiated referendum possible with PQ minority", CBC News, September 06, 2012.
"Resources sector quietly innovative", The StarPhoenix , July 05, 2012.
"Good and bad in 2011 among Canada's top public policy stories", Vancouver Sun, December 31, 2011.
"A year of game changers", The Ottawa Citizen, December 27, 2011.
"Digital Media Zone at Ryerson", November 02, 2011.
"Tory MP renews crusade for dignity and decorum in the Commons", Postmedia News, October 05, 2011.
"Lack of innovation holding Canada back: report", The Toronto Star, September 07, 2011.
"Business is big enough", The Ottawa Citizen, August 31, 2011.
"HST defeat brings back harder edge of B.C.’s protest politics", The Globe and Mail, August 26, 2011.
"Government can work smarter", The Ottawa Citizen, July 05, 2011.
"Don't write off the public service yet", The Globe and Mail, June 22, 2011.