- Adjunct Professor, Master of Public Administration program, School of Policy Studies
- Fellow, School of Policy Studies
A member of the Public Service of Canada for over 30 years, Professor Elder served in the Privy Council Office for more than 10 years and was the Assistant Secretary to the Cabinet, Machinery of Government, from 1998 to 2001. His Public Service career began in 1973, with the Department of External Affairs (now Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada). Among his assignments in the Department's headquarters in Ottawa, he served as Senior Assistant to the Minister and Director of International Economic Relations in the Economic Policy Bureau. He also had foreign assignments, in the Canadian Embassy in Dakar, Sénégal, the Canadian High Commission in Harare, Zimbabwe, and as Deputy Permanent Representative of Canada to the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development in Paris from 1989 to 1993.