Following a three-month search for a new President and CEO, the SRDC Board of Directors has selected David Gyarmati to fill the position. Mr. Gyarmati will replace Jean-Pierre Voyer who had announced his intention to step down last February. The change is effective May 14, 2019.
Mr. Voyer served as SRDC President for the last thirteen years. He came to SRDC with close to three decades of experience in policy research, most of which was acquired in applied research management functions within the federal government. His policy insights and pan-Canadian network have enabled SRDC to diversify its clientele base and expand the scope of its expertise into new program and policy areas. Under his leadership, SRDC has maintained quality standards that contribute to the organization’s solid reputation and credibility in both government and academic circles.
Mr. Voyer leaves the organization in a strong position for the future. SRDC can rely on the contribution of 41 high-quality staff who share responsibility for over 50 ongoing evaluation and research projects conducted on behalf of federal departments, provincial governments, private foundations, and a wide variety of non-governmental organizations. The organization also finds itself in a healthy financial position, having secured many multi-year projects in the recent past.
Mr. Voyer made the following statement:
“It has been a pleasure to work with so many talented colleagues and explore innovative approaches in the delivery of public programs throughout these years. I am very proud of what we have accomplished together, and find it difficult to leave at a time where we have such good momentum.
I am comforted to know that SRDC is in good hands to continue to fulfill its mission. The new CEO has the passion, expertise, and leadership needed to move SRDC forward and preserve SRDC’s position as the Canadian leader in experimentation, research, and evaluation.”
The new CEO, David Gyarmati, brings over 25 years of experience in Canadian policy research and evaluation to the position, including nearly two decades of pioneering work with SRDC in the design, implementation, and evaluation of demonstration projects involving innovative programming to support Canadians. He has been deeply involved in all aspects of SRDC’s research from conception to dissemination and in operations and corporate management, providing a depth of experience in the full scope and lifecycle of SRDC’s work.
Mr. Gyarmati has already contributed substantially to the development of SRDC over the past 15 years in senior management including the growth of several new portfolios of research and a wide range of innovative projects and partnerships with leading labour market stakeholders. He has helped to diversify SRDC’s business, building a rich network of partners and clients across the country.
Mr. Gyarmati commented:
“It is an honour to lead such an important and dynamic organization as SRDC and a privilege to work alongside such a talented and motivated group of professionals. I have a deep appreciation for SRDC’s dual mission and our unique position in contributing to Canada’s policy and research ecosystem. I am excited by the opportunity to build upon these strengths and expand our impact. We will continue to work closely with governments, practitioners, and other stakeholders to provide rigorous high-quality evidence on innovative programming to support Canadians.
I would like to thank Jean-Pierre Voyer for his vast contributions to SRDC over the years. His strong leadership and unparalleled commitment to the organization has been a driving force of our impact and positioned us well for the future.”