Paul Davidson has played leadership roles in government, the private sector and the voluntary sector for over 20 years.
He joined the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada in May 2009 as President and CEO, where he has led a process of organizational renewal and greater member engagement. In addition to increases in research funding, Mr. Davidson has achieved increased resources for campus internationalization and increased attention to issues of access and success for aboriginal students. Mr. Davidson has been named both a “top lobbyist” in Ottawa and a “top foreign policy influencer.”
Prior to joining the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada, Mr. Davidson was the executive director of World University Service of Canada a leading international development agency active on 70 campuses across Canada, and 17 countries overseas.
Mr. Davidson also held senior positions in Canadian book publishing including five years as executive director of the Association of Canadian Publishers. In the early 1990s, Mr. Davidson led the Toronto office of a prominent government relations firm after having served as a political advisor to Ontario’s Leader of the Opposition, Treasurer and Deputy Premier.
Mr. Davidson holds an MA from Queen’s University where he studied southern African history, and a BA from Trent University, where he was in the first class of the Trent International Program.
Mr. Davidson is married to Elly Vandenberg, and they have three sons.