David Trick and Associates Inc. has been offering learning and training services to the Ontario Public Service and other publicly-supported organizations since 2006. Our associates offer high-quality learning experiences based on first-hand government experience and a deep understanding of issues facing governments in Canada and around the world.

We work closely with each client to identify your needs and tailor a learning program that is right for you.

Our learning and training associates

PETER CONSTANTINOU, PhD, is one of Canada’s leading practitioner-academics in the area of public policy and administration. He has worked as a senior civil servant in Ottawa and the Ontario Public Service, chief of staff to a cabinet minister, lobbyist and senior administrator in the college and university sector. As a professor in the School of Public Policy and Administration at York University, his research focuses on political acuity, stakeholder engagement, public management and strategy, and government relations. He works with governments around the world to develop capacity in these areas through curriculum development, workshops and training programs.

PATRICE DUTIL, PhD, is Professor in the Department of Politics and Public Administration at Ryerson University. Before joining Ryerson in 2006, he worked for almost 20 years as a policy advisor in the OPS, director of Research at the Institute of Public Administration of Canada, a television producer and was the founder and editor of The Literary Review of Canada. He publishes regularly on various aspects of public administration and Canadian political history. He is currently the editor of Canadian Government Executive. Patrice is bilingual.

TED GLENN, PhD, has been providing professional education and training services for over fifteen years. Currently professor and program coordinator of the graduate program in public administration at Humber College, Ted specializes in public policy, communications, leadership, and management. Prior to Humber, Ted worked for Ontario’s Cabinet Office, Treasury Board, Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, Legislative Research Service, and the federal Privy Council Office. As a professional consultant, Ted has also worked for clients around the world building capacity in technical and vocational education and training. Ted’s work has been published in Canadian Public Administration and by Canadian Scholar’s Press.

JULIE JAI, LLB, LLM, is an experienced lawyer and public sector executive who specializes in human rights and Aboriginal law. Julie has held senior positions with the Government of Ontario, Government of Canada, and Yukon Government and has been a member of the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario. An experienced trainer and Associate Fellow of the Canada School of Public Service, Julie is a frequent speaker at conferences in the areas of constitutional law, human rights and Aboriginal law. She is an active member of the Canadian Bar Association (Ontario), where she is the past-chair of the Aboriginal Law Section. Julie has extensive experience as a mediator and in building relationships with minority communities. Julie is bilingual.

Some examples of courses we have offered:


Introduction to Policy

Introduction to Government

Agency Accountability

Public Policy Research and Analysis

Machinery of Government

Political Acuity for Public Servants

Collaborative Governance

Cabinet Submissions and Decision-making

Policy, Planning and Evaluation

Research and Analysis


Leadership in the Public Sector

Effective Supervision

How to Run an Effective Meeting

Political Acuity for Public Servants

Collaborative Governance

Analytic Thinking

Introduction to Project Management

Agency Accountability


Stakeholder Engagement

Collaborative Governance

Political Acuity for Public Servants

Managing Partnerships and Relationships in Government

Agency Accountability


Managing Diversity with Respect: Common workplace challenges and how to deal with them

The Duty to Accommodate

Transgender Issues: Legal responsibilities and accommodation

Aboriginal Rights in Canada: What every public servant needs to know


Managing Diversity with Respect: Common workplace challenges and how to deal with them

The Duty to Accommodate

Transgender Issues: Legal responsibilities and accommodation


Writing Excellent Briefing Notes

How to Write Excellent Meeting Notes in Government

Communicating Effectively in Government

How to Write Excellent Cabinet Submissions


Clear Writing