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Donald Lenihan

VP of engagement, Public Policy Forum of Ottawa

Dr. Don Lenihan is Vice President, Engagement at the Public Policy Forum in Ottawa, Canada. He is an internationally recognized expert on public engagement, accountability and service delivery. He is currently leading the Public Engagement Project (PEP), a research and capacity-building project involving federal, provincial/territorial and municipal governments in Canada, and the Government of Australia.

Don’s latest book, Rethinking the Public Policy Process, 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. It will be released in the fall of 2011.

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 former columnist with the Hill Times newspaper in Ottawa and the magazine CIO Government Review.