F. Leslie Seidle
Research Director

Leslie Seidle is Research Director for the program Canada’s Changing Federal Community at the Institute for Research on Public Policy (IRPP) and a public policy consultant. From 2000 to 2015, he directed the IRPP research program on Diversity, Immigration and Integration. He previously held senior positions in the Government of Canada, including director general of Strategic Policy and Research, Intergovernmental Affairs in the Privy Council Office (1996-2002). He was Research Director (Governance) at IRPP (1992-96) and Senior Research Coordinator for the Royal Commission on Electoral Reform and Party Financing (1990-91). He is the author of Rethinking the Delivery of Public Services to Citizens (IRPP 1995) and numerous articles on immigration issues, electoral and constitutional reform, public management and political finance. Seidle has edited/co-edited 13 books, including Immigrant Integration in Federal Countries (McGill-Queen’s University Press 2012) and Belonging? Diversity, Recognition and Shared Citizenship in Canada (IRPP 2007). He holds a DPhil from the University of Oxford.


  • Federalism
  • intergovernmental relations
  • electoral issues
  • governance
  • immigrant integration
  • temporary foreign workers
  • refugees