David Barrick

Senior Executive - Public Administration in Ontario, Canada

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David Barrick has been a voice in southern Ontario Administration on a public and private scale for more than fifteen years. David strives for the development of community, infrastructure and sustainability in regions he has overseen as an elected official and as CAO.

David Barrick graduated from Brock University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science with a Concentration in Public Law. He has earned multiple certificates from York University’s Schulich School of Business, Queen’s University’s Smith School of Business, and Conservation Ontario University. These certificates focused on communications, management as well as financial and environmental sustainable welfare for the public.

David began his career as an entrepreneur and in 2006 was elected as City Councillor for the city of Port Colborne where he also served as Deputy Mayor. He answered to both the local community and stakeholders for building partnerships that would further the goals of the community. In addition to this role, he served on multiple committees and created the City’s Environmental Advisory Committee which still functions today.

David continued his administrative work as Regional Councillor for the St Catharines-Niagara Metropolitan region from 2010 to 2018, again serving on many other committees alongside the balancing of a $1 billion budget. He would also take up office as Interim Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) and Senior Director of Corporate Resources in the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority from 2014 to 2019. David balanced both positions while transforming the operating deficit of the latter into a surplus.

As CAO of the City of Brampton from 2019 to 2022, David provided support and leadership to over 6,000 city employees under his care with an operating budget of $750 million annually. This budget was effectively managed while navigating a global health crisis, leading to successful results on the Term of Council Priorities as well as multi-year Council-directed 0% property tax increases.

David has always been committed to delivering results that reflect the goals of stakeholders and community members. He is driven by a philosophy of assisting regions to become more sustainable and elevating organisational performance through continuous improvement thereby leaving regions under his jurisdiction better than when he found them.