David Mitchell to head Public Policy Forum

    OTTAWA, Jan. 5 /CNW Telbec/ - Public Policy Forum (PPF) Chair David A.
Brown, QC, announced today that David J. Mitchell will become President & CEO
of the PPF, effective immediately.
    "David's record of achievement in building strategic relationships
between the public, private and not-for-profit sectors plays to the very
founding principle of the PPF. He will bring his considerable energy and skill
to the table as the Forum continues to tackle the important public policy
challenges that face Canada," said Brown.
    "In economically tumultuous and politically rancorous times, the space
for open dialogue is critical. The Forum has built a reputation as being a
safe space where people from all sectors can debate ideas, test hypotheses,
propose solutions. I look forward to building upon this reputation and
extending the Forum's pan-Canadian reach," said Mitchell.
    Mitchell will succeed Jodi White who served as the President since 2004.
"I would also like to thank Jodi White for the leadership and vision that she
brought to the position during her tenure. She has strengthened the Forum, and
all of us at the PPF wish her well in her future endeavours," said Brown.

    Since 1987 the PPF has been engaging leaders from all sectors across
Canada in informed and constructive dialogue in support of excellence in the
public service, democratic institutions and public policy. The PPF encourages
civic mindedness, innovative public policy options, and constructive outcomes
that impact on decision-making. Visit PPF's website at ppforum.ca.

                    Biographical Note - David J. Mitchell

    Most recently David Mitchell served as Vice-Principal (Advancement) at
Queen's University. Previously he served as Vice-President, University
Relations at the University of Ottawa, where he led an important branding
initiative and successfully completed a major fundraising campaign which
exceeded its $200M objective more than one year ahead of schedule. Prior to
that, he had served as Vice-President, External Relations at Simon Fraser
University from 1997 to 2002.
    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
    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
    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 Parliamentary Centre in Ottawa and
the Centre for the Study of Democracy at Queen's University.

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