Brock Dickinson

MA, CEcD, EcD. (F)
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Brock Dickinson

Brock is one of Canada’s leading economic development thinkers, combining twenty years of hands-on experience in the field with the latest ideas, innovations and research to drive 21st century economic development.

Before entering the private sector, Brock served as Director of ICT & Advanced Manufacturing for the Toronto Region Research Alliance, as Director of Economic Development & Tourism Services for the City of St. Catharines, and as Executive Director of the Western Valley Development Authority in rural Nova Scotia. This economic development work won more than 40 national and international awards, including a UN designation as one of the “best practices in the world for improving living conditions.” His work helped to leverage more than a billion dollars in new investment, and the creation of 5,000 new jobs.

Before entering the field of local economic development, Brock spent six years as a consultant with the United Nations, coordinating development projects in more than 30 countries. In 1995, he was appointed Secretary-General of a UN conference on sustainable development, the youngest Secretary-General in UN history.

A widely published writer and popular public speaker, Brock is the Assistant Director of the University of Waterloo’s Economic Development Program and a member of the University’s Faculty of Environment. He has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Economic Developers Association of Canada and the Economic Developers Council of Ontario, and currently sits on the Advisory Board of SUNY-Buffalo’s Institute of Transnational Studies.

Brock has a BA from the University of North Carolina and a Master’s degree in International Relations from Brock University, where his research focused on global economic development best practices. He has also studied at Queen’s University and the French-language Université Sainte-Anne. Originally from Nova Scotia, he lives in the Niagara Region of Ontario with his wife Kristina, son Spencer and daughter Morgan.