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David McLaughlin

University of Waterloo

David McLaughlin has over 25 years of experience as a senior public policy professional at both the federal and provincial levels of government.

He began his career as a policy assistant to the Minister of Health and Social Program Reform in the New Brunswick government from 1980 to 1984. He then worked in the federal government as Senior Policy Advisor and Chief of Staff to a number of federal cabinet ministers.

In 1992, he joined the Prime Minister’s Office as Senior Advisor, Operations, before being appointed Chief of Staff to the Prime Minister in 1993. From 1994 to 1999, Mr. McLaughlin worked in the private sector as Partner and Executive Vice President of Veritas Communications Inc., a healthcare communications firm.

In 1999, he joined the New Brunswick government as Deputy Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs (2001) and Deputy Minister of Policy and Planning (1999-2003). In 2000, he was also appointed as Secretary to the Cabinet Committee on Policy and Priorities. He served as Chief of Staff to the Premier of New Brunswick in 2003.

In 2003, Mr. McLaughlin was appointed as Deputy Minister to the New Brunswick Commission on Legislative Democracy, an independent, non-partisan commission examining democratic reform.

In May 2005, the Premiers of Canada’s provinces and territories announced the creation of the Council of the Federation Advisory Panel on Fiscal Imbalance, and Mr. McLaughlin was hired as the Panel’s Executive Director. From March 2006 to August 2007, Mr. McLaughlin served as Chief of Staff to the federal Minister of Finance.

David has a B.A. degree with Honours in History and Political Science from Mount Allison University in Sackville, New Brunswick (1978), a M.A. degree in International Affairs from Carleton University in Ottawa (1980), and a M.B.A. degree from the University of Bath in the United Kingdom (1991).

Mr. McLaughlin is a published author. He is an Honourary Fellow of The Royal Canadian Geographical Society.

David was appointed as President and CEO of the National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy in August 2007 and served until 2012. David is now Strategic Advisor to the Dean of Environment at the University of Waterloo.

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