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In addition to a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Toronto, David Trick holds a Master of Public Administration (MPA) from Harvard University, a Master of Arts (MA) from Brandeis University, and a Bachelor of Arts (BA) – Honours – from York University. He is affiliated to the Yeates School of Graduate Studies.
David operates his own business, David Trick and Associates, consultants in higher education strategy and management. His clients include universities, colleges, associations and government agencies that require advice and expertise on issues in postsecondary education.
David’s career has included twenty years in the Ontario Public Service. As Assistant Deputy Minister for Postsecondary Education, he was responsible for managing the government’s relationships with colleges and universities during the most rapid period of enrolment growth since the 1960s. Earlier he was Assistant Deputy Minister of Finance with responsibility for the provincial budget, taxation and federal-provincial finance. He has also worked in the fields of intergovernmental affairs, economic development, labour market policy and demographic analysis. He has undertaken assignments at IBM Canada and at the Canadian Embassy in Washington, D.C.
After leaving the public service, David was the first Chief Executive Officer and Vice Provost of the University of Guelph-Humber, a unique partnership between the University of Guelph and Humber College to establish a new university campus in Toronto.
David and co-author Ian D. Clark won the Institute of Public Administration of Canada’s J.E. Hodgetts Award for best article published in English in the journal Canadian Public Administration in 2006-07. In 2006, David’s research on public policy received the Douglas G. Hartle Award of the University of Toronto’s Institute for Policy Analysis.
David Trick’s research interests include comparative higher education policy and the status of the welfare state in Canada. He has been invited to speak on higher education and public policy issues in Canada, the United States, Japan and Europe.
At the undergraduate level, David Trick has taught PPA101: Canadian Public Administration - Institutions (formerly PPA322); PPA235: Theories of the State (formerly PPA525); PPA335: Theories of Bureaucracy (formerly PPA624); PPA 404: Issues in Public Administration (formerly PPA604), PPA414: Comparative Public Policy (formerly PPA603); and PPA50: Practicum (formerly PPA30).
David serves as a volunteer on the Principal’s Advisory Committee of Glendon College, the Policy and Research Advisory Council of The Learning Partnership, and the Schools Committee of the Harvard Club of Toronto.