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Andrew Parkin

Andrew Parkin

Director

Andrew Parkin has devoted his career to advancing evidence-based policy making, bringing diverse interests together, and bridging the gap between policy research and public dialogue in order to lead and inform non-partisan debate about the issues shaping Canada’s future.

Prior to joining the Mowat Centre, Andrew served as an independent public policy analyst and consultant, providing strategic advice, issue analysis and policy research to a variety of national and international clients in the areas of education and skills development, social and economic policy and public opinion research. He has previously held a variety of senior positions including Director General of the Council of Ministers of Education Canada (CMEC), Associate Executive Director and Director of Research and Program Development at the Canada Millennium Scholarship Foundation, and Co-Director of the Centre for Research and Information on Canada. Andrew has convened, informed and led national and international discussions on a wide range of public policy issues and acted as an authoritative public spokesperson on education, federalism and the Canadian political community in both official languages.

A political sociologist by background, he completed his post-doctorate at Dalhousie University, his Ph.D. at the University of Bradford (U.K.), and his B.A. (Honours) at Queen’s University. He has received several academic honours, including a Commonwealth Scholarship and a Killam Postdoctoral Fellowship, and has authored or co-authored numerous publications on Canadian public policy.

More from this author

September 27, 2017 | Andrew Parkin

Provinces should lead policy innovation on Canada’s defining issues – again

With political news focused on federal tax changes, a federal cabinet shuffle, and federally-led NAFTA renegotiations, it is easy to lose sight of the where the weight of governing falls in Canada. According to the OECD, Canada’s provincial, territorial and local governments account for nearly four out of every five public dollars spent – a level of decentralization unmatched by any other developed country. More
August 9, 2017 | Andrew Parkin

We’re speaking more languages, but is our landscape more diverse?

Each fresh wave of results from the 2016 Census brings a new appreciation for Canada’s deepening diversity, and last week’s release is no exception. As of 2016, 23 per cent of Canadians have a language other than English or French as their “mother tongue.” That figure rises to 29 per cent in Ontario and a remarkable 47 per cent – almost one in two – in Toronto. More
June 16, 2017 | Andrew Parkin, Erich Hartmann, Michael Morden

How to Build a Skills Lab

A new model of institutional governance in Canada

To better align the skills of Canada’s workers with the needs its of employers, significant shortcomings with respect to labour market information need to be overcome. More
May 16, 2017 | Andrew Parkin, Erich Hartmann

A sum of all fears: How ‘rigid incrementality’ could be the number one threat to infrastructure spending in Canada

After decades of serial neglect, the last two federal budgets have together committed $180 billion over 12 years for investments in Canada’s beleaguered public infrastructure. This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to address a chronic infrastructure deficit that everyone agrees is a real barrier to our economic growth. More