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Who We Are
The Atlas Editorial Team


Ian D. Clark, Atlas Co-Editor  

Ian Clark became Professor at University of Toronto's School of Public Policy and Governance in 2007 after nine years as President of the Council of Ontario Universities. Clark has served on the executive board of the International Monetary Fund and in six different departments in the Government of Canada, including as Deputy Secretary in the Privy Council Office, Deputy Minister of Consumer and Corporate Affairs, and Secretary of the Treasury Board. He succeeded Atlas co-editor, Leslie Pal, as chair of the Accreditation Board of the Canadian Association of Programs in Public Administration. Clark chairs the Departmental Audit Committee for Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada and Statistics Canada's National Advisory Committee on Postsecondary Education Statistics. He is a member of the board of the Institute for Research on Public Policy, the Canadian Public Administration Journal, and the Departmental Audit Committee for Health Canada. Clark received a BSc from the University of British Columbia in 1966, a DPhil from Oxford in 1969, an MPP from the Harvard Kennedy School in 1972, and an Honorary Doctor of Laws from the University of Victoria in 2008. He is a member of the Order of Canada. In 2009, Clark co-authored with Greg Moran, Michael Skolnik and David Trick, the book Academic Transformation: The Forces Reshaping Higher Education in Ontario, and in 2011 with David Trick and Richard Van Loon, Academic Reform: Policy Options for Improving the Quality and Cost-effectiveness of Undergraduate Education in Ontario. Details on these and other publications can be found at

Leslie A. Pal, Atlas Co-Editor

Leslie A. Pal is Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy and Administration. He joined Carleton University in 1992, after teaching at the University of Calgary for ten years. He has a BA in Political Science (Hons) from Mount Allison University, and a Doctorate from Queen’s University, Kingston. From 2001 to 2005, he was Director of the School of Public Policy and Administration. Professor Pal has served on the national boards of the Canadian Political Science Association, the Institute of Public Administration of Canada, the Institute on Governance, and the Performance and Planning Exchange. He also has served on the editorial boards of Canadian Public Policy, Canadian Journal of Political Science, and the Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis. He was the Director of the Canadian Parliamentary Internship Programme from 1998 to 2001. From 2006 to 2009 he served as the first Chair of the Accreditation Board of the Canadian Association of Programs in Public Administration. Currently, he is co-Director of the Centre on Governance and Public Management at Carleton University. Professor Pal is active internationally as well. For several years he worked with the Civil Service Training and Development Institute of the Government of Hong Kong, training senior civil servants. He has worked on public sector reform projects in Ukraine, Russia, Armenia, and Georgia. He was a Senior Teaching Fellow with the International Policy Fellows program of the Open Society Institute in Budapest, Hungary, and now teaches in affiliated programs in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Mongolia. He is currently co-chair of the Working Group on Public Policy Development in the Network of Schools and Institutes of Public Administration in Central and Eastern Europe (NISPAcee). In 2006, at the 20th World Congress of the International Political Science Association in Fukuoka Japan, he was elected to the Executive Committee of the Association. In 2009, at the 21st World Congress, he was elected for a second three-year term. He also teaches occasionally in the Masters of Public Policy program at the Qatar Faculty of Islamic Studies in Doha.

Ben Eisen, Atlas Co-Editor

Ben Eisen is Director of Research and Programmes at the Atlantic Institute for Market Studies. Prior to this, Mr. Eisen worked as a research analyst for the Citizens Budget Commission in New York City, where he conducted research and analysis on healthcare policy in New York State. He also worked as the Assistant Research Director for the Frontier Centre for Public Policy (FCPP), a Winnipeg-based think tank. At FCPP, Mr. Eisen conducted extensive research on a wide range of Canadian policy issues and published influential studies on several policy topics, including intergovernmental relations, environmental policy, healthcare, and higher education. Mr. Eisen holds a BA from the University of Toronto, as well as an MPP from the University of Toronto’s School of Public Policy and Governance. Mr. Eisen has served as the founding editor of the Public Policy and Governance Portal since 2008 and in 2012 became, in addition, the Research Coordinator of the Best Practices in Public Management project.

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