April 29, 2009
David Pecaut is a Senior Partner and Managing Director in The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) and co-founded the Canadian practice of BCG in Toronto in 1993. BCG is a general management consulting firm with 61 offices around the world focusing on issues of strategy, organization, and operational effectiveness. Mr. Pecaut’s client base spans manufacturing, resources, financial services, retailing and high-tech businesses.
A well-known speaker and writer, Mr. Pecaut has advised companies and governments on public policy issues in North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia. He has appeared as a speaker and commentator on CNN, CBC, CTV, CNBC, and CBS, and he has been featured or quoted widely in newspaper and magazine articles in publications ranging from the Wall Street Journal and Business Week to the Globe and Mail and Maclean’s. His articles have appeared in publications from Time Magazine to the Harvard Business Review.
Mr. Pecaut is also the voluntary Chair of the Toronto City Summit Alliance, a diverse coalition of civic leaders whose mission is to accelerate social and economic development in the Toronto region. The Alliance’s 2003 report, Enough Talk, was a comprehensive action plan for much that ails the region: from transportation, economic renewal and social infrastructure to arts and culture. Since its publication, Mr. Pecaut has helped to mobilize the Toronto region to implement the plan through co-founding the Toront03 Alliance that lead the tourism recovery post-SARS; the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council; the Toronto Region Research Alliance; the Strong Neighbourhoods Task Force; the Task Force on Modernizing Income Security for Working Age Adults; and Luminato, the Toronto Festival of Arts and Creativity launched in June 2007.
Mr. Pecaut has taken his passion for the community and Canada to the national level, founding and chairing the Canadian E Business Roundtable; co-founding Career Edge, the national youth internship program; serving on the Prime Minister’s External Advisory Committee on Cities and Communities, Co-Chairing the Conference Board Roundtable on Commercialization; and serving on the Boards of Canada Basketball, The United Way of Greater Toronto, and Pathways to Education.
Mr. Pecaut holds a Master’s in Philosophy from the University of Sussex, England, and a BA magna cum laude from Harvard University.