Release: Dr. Don Lenihan joins Canada 2020

January 15, 2015 (OTTAWA) – Dr. Don Lenihan, author of Rescuing Policy: The Case for Public Engagement, has joined Canada 2020 – Canada’s leading, independent, progressive think-tank – in the role of Senior Associate, Policy and Engagement.
Dr. Lenihan will expand Canada 2020’s ability to host seminars and training sessions around open government and public engagement and to advise governments on their use in the policy process. He will also continue to write extensively about Canada’s policy and political cycles.
“Don Lenihan is one of Canada’s leading voices in the critical conversation on open government, and as an organization that believes in the power of citizen engagement, collaboration and access to information as means to produce better policy, we could not be happier to welcome Don into the fold,” said Canada 2020 Co-Founder Tim Barber.
Most recently, Don led an Expert Group process for the UN and the OECD on public engagement models to support the post-2015 UN agenda on sustainable development. He also recently served as Chair of the Open Government Engagement Team for the Government of Ontario.
Don’s most recent book, Rescuing Policy: The Case for Public Engagement, was published in January 2012 and is an introduction to the field of public engagement, as well as a blueprint for change, and a sustained argument for the need to rethink the public policy process.
Don has over 25 years of experience as a project leader, writer, speaker, senior government advisor, trainer and facilitator. Throughout his career, he has developed and led many research and consultation projects involving senior public servants, academics, elected officials, journalists and members of the private and third sectors from across the country. He is the author of numerous articles, studies and books, and a weekly columnist for National Newswatch. He earned his PhD in political theory from the University of Ottawa.
Don Lenihan can now be reached at [email protected]


For more information, please contact

Alex Paterson
Communications & Program Coordinator, Canada 2020
[email protected] | (613) 793-8234

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