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David Szwarc

Distinguished Fellow


As the Chief Administrative Officer of the Region of Peel, David was responsible for the overall management of the Regional Corporation providing essential public services to more than 1.4 million residents and 156,000 businesses in the Cities of Brampton, Mississauga, and the Town of Caledon.  He retired from service in  July, 2019.

Prior to being appointed as CAO in October 2005, David held management positions with the Region of Peel, Government of Ontario and the Region of Halton.

David has received the Rotary International Centennial Award for Professional Excellence. His work at Peel has been recognized with the IPAC Public Sector Leadership Award (Gold) and the Institute for Citizen-Centred Service (ICCS) 2012 Heintzman Leadership Award for the promotion of citizen-centred service within the Canadian public sector. Peel has received Excellence Canada's Award of Excellence and Canada Order of Excellence, being the first Canadian Municipality to receive those honours.

David has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Toronto and a Master's degree in Public Administration from Queen's University, and has been awarded an Executive Certificate in Public Sector Leadership from Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government. David is a Distinguished Fellow with the School of Policy Studies at Queen's University.