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Andrew Parkin

Independent Public Policy Consultant

Dr. Andrew Parkin is an independent public policy consultant and one of Canada’s leading experts on the Canadian political community and on the structure and performance of Canada’s education systems.  

Dr. Parkin has held a variety of senior positions including Director General of the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada (CMEC), Associate Executive Director and Director, Research and Program Development, of the Canada Millennium Scholarship Foundation, and Co-Director of the Centre for Research and Information on Canada. 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 politics and social policy.

The leadership positions Dr. Parkin has held over the past 15 years have allowed him to develop an in-depth understanding of how education is delivered in Canada and of the issues facing education systems, institutions and students.  He has convened, informed and led national and international policy discussions relating to the evolution and performance of education systems and acted as an authoritative public spokesperson on education issues in both official languages.  He is the author most recently of the International Report Card on Public Education: Key Facts on Canadian Achievement and Equity, published by the Environics Institute for Survey Research, and of Underperforming Adults? The Paradox of Skills Development in Canada, published by the C.D. Howe Institute.