Darrell Bricker

Senior Fellow, Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy
Darrell Bricker


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Darrell Bricker specializes in polling, quantitative research methods and public opinion research. 

He is chief executive officer for Ipsos Global — Public Affairs, where he provides strategic advice to clients within the public, corporate and not-for-profit sectors. Having worked in executive positions for both the Angus Reid Group and Ipsos Public Affairs, Bricker is considered a strong voice and respected authority in Canadian and global polling research. He has been a regular commentator on public affairs for Reuters News, Global TV, CTV Canada AM, CTV National News, CTV NewsNet and CBC NewsWorld, and has also written for the Institute for Research on Public Policy, the Fraser Institute and The Globe and Mail. 

In his past roles, Bricker worked within the Prime Minister’s Office as the director of public opinion research and has been further involved as a consultant for clients within public and private sectors. Darrell has also lectured at the Rotman School of Management, the Canadian Forces College, Carleton University and Wilfrid Laurier University in the areas of political science, public policy and advanced research methods.  

Bricker earned a Ph.D. in political science from Carleton University, and received an honorary doctorate of laws from Wilfrid Laurier University. Bricker was also named a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Doctoral Fellow and recognized in 2011 as one of Wilfrid Laurier University’s Top 100 Graduates in the last 100 years. He was further recognized by Carleton University in 2016 as one of their top 75 public affairs graduates in 75 years. 

Bricker has co-authored several bestselling books including Empty Planet: The Shock of Global Population Decline (with John Ibbitson). Empty Planet has been translated into ten languages and was short listed for the Donner Prize. Next: Where to Live, What to Buy, and Who Will Lead Canada’s Future was nominated for the Canadian Business Book of the Year.  

Other books by Darrell Bricker include number one Canadian bestseller The Big Shift: The Seismic Change in Canadian Politics, Business, and Culture and What It Means for Our Future (with John Ibbitson); Canuckology (with John Wright); What Canadians Think About Almost Everything (with John Wright); and, Searching for Certainty (with Ed Greenspon).  

Updated July 2023