Policy Options editor Dan Gardner leaves the magazine to join the Prime Minister’s Office

For immediate distribution – February 3, 2016

Montreal – After an incredibly successful year at the helm of Policy Options, editor Dan Gardner is leaving the magazine to write his next book and take on a significant new assignment in the Prime Minister’s Office.
During his time at the IRPP, Dan completed the magazine’s transformation into a fully digital platform for public policy debate.  He greatly increased the number and diversity of authors who contribute to it, as well as the breadth of policy issues explored in its pages.  Under his watch, Policy Options has become the leading digital forum for policy debate in Canada.
At the PMO, Dan’s work will focus on advising the Prime Minister and his senior staff on analyzing complex information to arrive at better decisions. In other words, Dan is being asked to put into practice the methodology he described in his bestselling book,Superforecasting: The Art and Science of Prediction (co-written with Philip Tetlock).
“Working with Dan was a real pleasure, and we are all sorry to see him leave.  But of course, I completely understand his desire to answer the call to serve. I want to thank him for his leadership and his contribution to the growth of Policy Options, and I wish him great success,” said Graham Fox, president of the IRPP. “Together with the talented Policy Options team, he created a multimedia web platform that now attracts over 50,000 page views per month. He leaves a magazine that remains committed to its original mission of vigorous and thoughtful debate, but that has been completely re-imagined for the digital age.”
“It was an honour to take charge of an institution as venerable as Policy Options and a thrill to re-think it fundamentally and create something new for the digital era. Thanks so much to Graham and the terrific staff of the IRPP. I can’t wait to see how Policy Options evolves,” said Dan.
The new Policy Options editor will be announced tomorrow.


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