About the Principal
Dr. David L. Cook's education, training and experience are directly relevant to research, analysis and project development, strategic and operational planning, stakeholder relations, change management, organisation transformation, and budget management. He has extensive experience planning and executing business and research studies both as a principal investigator and project manager.
David also is a specialist in International Political Economy and International Economic Relations. Among the studies & reports are commissions regarding regional and multilateral trade negotiations, the World Trade Organization, international trade and investment policy, and SME trade development and export marketing.
He graduated from the University of Alberta in 1980 earning a Ph.D. in International Relations and Comparative Politics. His Ph.D. dissertation explored domestic subnational influences on foreign economic policy-making in the People's Republic of China. He received a Bachelor of Arts (1972) and a Master of Arts (1975) from Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia.
His career includes public and private sector engagements as a policy analyst, strategic planner, economist, executive manager, and negotiator. In addition to teaching university courses on international relations, the world trading system, and foreign policy, David has operated a private sector export consortium, and advised on private sector trade policy issues.
He has extensive experience in regional economic development in Canada, and business experience in emerging markets. He has conducted business and research in the United States, Iceland, England, and emerging markets in Ukraine, Moldova, Lithuania, Kyrgyz, Mexico, Greater China, and Russia. He continues to research and write on contemporary international trade issues.
In 1992, he received a citation from the Governor General of Canada, and was awarded the Commemorative Medal for the 125th Anniversary of Canadian Confederation, in recognition of significant contributions to Canada. In 2013, he was awarded the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal for service to Canada, one of only 4,000 public officials to receive this honour.
He maintains a professional affiliation as Adjunct Professor of International Political Economy, Department of Political Studies at the University of Prince Edward Island. He participates as a member of the Track II Asia Pacific Roundtable under the auspices of the Institute of Strategic and International Studies (ISIS) Malaysia. He is Co-founder and President of the Centre for Human Development, based in Chicago, Illinois. The Centre for Human Development is an IRS registered charitable organisation engaged in educational activities designed to pursue alternative solutions to meeting human needs.