Ian D. Clark is a professor in the School of Public Policy and Governance at the University of Toronto, a former federal deputy minister and past president of the Council of Ontario Universities.
He received a bachelor’s of science from the University of British Columbia in 1966, and went to the University of Oxford on a Rhodes Scholarship, where he earned a doctorate of philosophy. He took a postdoctoral fellowship in the Division of Engineering and Applied Physics at Harvard University in 1969, and in 1970 he enrolled in the second class of the Kennedy School of Government’s new Master’s in Public Policy Program. He received a master’s in public policy in 1972. In June 2008 he received an honorary doctorate of laws from the University of Victoria. In July 2009 he became a Member of the Order of Canada.
From 1972 to 1994, he served in six different departments and central agencies in the Government of Canada. He began as an analyst in the Treasury Board Secretariat and then took a 20-month leave of absence from the public service to become executive assistant to the minister of state for urban affairs. He returned to the public service in 1974 to management positions in the Department of Regional Economic Expansion and then the Ministry of State for Economic Development. From 1982 to 1987 he was deputy secretary to the cabinet (plans) in the Privy Council Office, and from 1987 to 1989 he was deputy minister of consumer and corporate affairs. He was secretary of the treasury board from 1989 to 1994 and, from 1993, he was also concurrently comptroller general of Canada.
From 1994 to 1996 Ian Clark served as one of 24 executive directors of the International Monetary Fund in Washington, where he represented Canada, Ireland and 10 Caribbean countries. From 1996 to 1998, he was a partner in the Toronto office of KPMG, an international accounting and consulting firm, where he was also the research director of the firm’s Centre for Government. From 1998 to 2007, he was president and CEO of the Council of Ontario Universities.