- Program Year
- Country of Current Residence
- City/Town of Current Residence
- Current Position
- Innovation Hub
- Privy Council Office, Government of Canada
Innovation Consultant, Foreign Affairs Advisor
- Government, Politics / Policy, Youth engagement
- Interest(s) / Expertise
- civic engagement, democracy, innovation, public policy
David is committed to the civic engagement of younger Canadians, believing that engaged and motivated young people can play an important role in the political process if they are given the proper tools and support.
David is Lead, Strategic Policy and Innovative Finance at the Central Innovation Hub in the Privy Council Office, Government of Canada. Before joining the Privy Council Office, David was responsible for advancing private sector partnership and international development finance efforts at Global Affairs Canada. He has held roles in public, private, and academic sectors.
From Smiths Falls, Ontario, Canada, David graduated with a BA (Honours with Distinction) in Political Studies and Master’s in Public Administration from Queen’s University. He received several awards including: an undergraduate scholarship for excellence in English, Queen’s University Graduate Award Scholarship, and the Dean’s Honour’s List. Many of his references stressed his academic success and his theoretical, critical and nuanced mind.
David’s Sauvé project was to research, write and present on a number of public policy issues in democratic governance and he believes that the Program assisted and enhanced his projects through: Unstructured time that encouraged reflection and permitted a significant amount of research; The insight and advice of experts, both as speakers in Sauvé House as well as at McGill, who provided a different perspective on issues he was tackling. In terms of professional development, David benefited greatly from the assistance of the executive director and the board of the Sauvé program; Exchanging ideas with his fellow Scholars, peer reviews of papers, and late-night debates over public policy issues to sharpen his own views and produce better work.
“The greatest benefit of the Sauvé program is the ability to create lasting interpersonal relationships and friendships, both with the executive and among the Scholars themselves. I made several life-long friendships in the short time spent living with a group of amazing Scholars.” – David Donovan