I am an author, commentator and occasional activist. Mostly, I am a professor in the Department of Politics and Public Administration at Ryerson University. I started working there in August 2006. I was visiting scholar at Massey College, University of Toronto in the last half of 2013 and visiting professor at the George Mason University School of Public Policy during the winter term of 2014. My main research interests are political and public sector leadership, the process of political development, and the study of elections. I write about diverse aspects of institutionalism and the policy development process. For more about my writing, see the “BOOKS/WRITING” section.
I started my career in the Province of Ontario’s Ministry of Intergovernmental Affairs in 1987 as a policy advisor, working mostly on constitutional and environmental issues. I joined TVOntario in 1990, where I worked in corporate policy as senior policy advisor and then, starting in 1995, indulged my interest in television and documentary production as manager of programming for the French language network, TFO. I have contributed to two films: Journey to Justice (National Film Board, 2001) and A la recherche d’Etienne Brûlé (Mediatheque, 2012).
In 1999 I was named Director of Research at the Institute of Public Administration of Canada (IPAC). I left as acting Executive Director in 2006 to join Ryerson University.
I love books: to read them, to review them, to discuss them, to write them. To that end I founded the Literary Review of Canada in 1991 and edited it for five years before selling it to Carleton University Press in 1997. It is a delight that this venture has now passed its 25th anniversary.
Since 2001 I have sat on the Council of the Champlain Society and have had the honour of being its President since 2011.
I have been a frequent commentator on public affairs on radio and television in Toronto and in the national media. My opinion pieces have appeared in the National Post, Toronto Star, Globe and Mail, Winnipeg Free Press and La Presse. For two years (2011-13) I was a regular panelist on TFO’s weekly program “360”, where I also wrote a bi-weekly blog during provincial elections (in 2011 and 2014).
I am active on the editorial front. I edited Canadian Government Executive, a monthly magazine, from 2015 to 2017. I also sit on the editorial committee of the International Review of Administrative Sciences and have been the Editor of the IPAC Series in Public Administration and Governance published with the University of Toronto Press and of the Collection Administration et gouvernance published with the Presses de l'Université du Québec since 2009.
I received a BA (Hon.) from York University, an M es Arts from the Université de Montréal and a PhD from York University.
Qui suis-je ?
Je suis un auteur, commentateur et militant occasionnel. La plupart du temps, je suis un professeur dans le Département de politique et d'administration publique à l'Université Ryerson et ce depuis août 2006. Durant la deuxième moitié de 2013 j'étais chercheur invité à Massey College (Université de Toronto) et j'ai passé l'hiver 2014 à titre de professeur invité à l'école de politique publique de l'Université George Masson (en Virginnie). Mes principaux intérêts de recherche sont le leadership dans le politique et dans le secteur public, le processus de développement politique, et l'étude des élections. J'écris sur divers aspects de l'institutionnalisme et de l'élaboration des politiques publiques. Pour en savoir plus sur mon travail écrit, voir la section "Books etc“.