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Edward Greenspon

Social Analyst & Public Policy Thinker

Few people have been as involved as Ed Greenspon in thinking about and shaping the kind of Canada we aspire to become and are becoming. He is currently the President & CEO of the Public Policy Forum. Ed has worked at the intersection of journalism, business and public policy for more than 30 years. From his perch at The Globe and Mail as the Editor-in-Chief from 2002-2009, and with the Canadian International Council, Greenspon has consistently advocated for a Canada driven by ambition and the pursuit of global excellence.

Toronto, Ontario, Canada


The New Us: Understanding the New Canadian Mindset
Greenspon explores the new economic, social and cultural Canada – both the dramatic changes wrought by globalization and technological innovation and the more subtle shifts in our approach to work, health care and education.

Canada’s Long March: The Social, Financial and Economic Repercussions of the Last 25 Years
Greenspon will retrace Canada’s economic retreat through the last decades and offer provocative thoughts on where we’re now headed.

The Next Generation of Canadian Leadership
New leaders will bring new ideas into the political arena. Learn about the contenders – their experience, beliefs and peccadilloes – from someone who knows them all.

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Hyman Solomon Award for Excellence in Public Policy Journalism

Douglas Purves Award for Best Public Policy book

  • This panel received excellent reviews from our participants - not the least thanks to your presentation. I hope you felt for yourself the buzz and enthusiasm in the room - participants gave the event a very high rating on overall content and organization.

    - Institute on Governance
  • Feedback was extremely good and we were very pleased with the results of the seminar... congratulations for a well presented speech.

    - Royal Bank of Canada
  • Your record is amazing. Maybe the United States should acquire just enough of Canada to include your newspaper in our overall statistics - so that we would have at least one paper out of our 1,500 or so that is bucking the trend.

    - Warren Buffet, personal email

Summary Profile

Ed Greenspon has a long and deep involvement in public policy. He is the author of  Double Vision: The Inside Story of the Liberals in Power, for which he was a joint winner of the 1996 Douglas Purvis Award for best public policy book and of Searching for Certainty: Inside the New Canadian Mindset, which described the policy orientations of a changing economy and country.

In 2002, Mr. Greenspon won the Hyman Soloman Award for Excellence in Public Policy Journalism from the Public Policy Forum. In 2010, he chaired a 13-person panel for the Canadian International Council that produced a bold international policy strategy called Open Canada: A Global Positioning Strategy for a Networked Age. He joined Bloomberg in 2014 as Editor-at-Large for of its Canadian news division.

In 2015 Ed he became the President & CEO of the Public Policy Forum, an Ottawa-based think tank. The Forum was created nearly 30 years ago as an independent, non-government organization with a mandate to improve the quality of government and policy-making by promoting dialogue and collaboration between leaders of all sectors.

Greenspon has also worked for Torstar Corp., publisher of the Toronto Star, Metro and other properties, as Vice President of Strategic Investments and New Ventures for the media division. He began his career at the Lloydminster Times, covered agriculture and business for the Regina Leader-Post and was Prairie bureau chief for the Financial Post.

He has a combined honours degree in journalism and political science from Carleton University and was a Commonwealth Scholar at the London School of Economics, earning a master’s degree in politics and government. He serves on the Board of Governors of Carleton University in Ottawa and on the advisory boards of the School of Public Policy and Governance at the University of Toronto and the School of Journalism at University of King’s College in Halifax. He was executive fellow at the University of Calgary School of Public Policy in 2009-10.

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