David Donovan

Director, Energy and Environment

David Donovan is a Director in the Energy and Environment Practice at Sussex Strategy Group. He has a strong background in both government and public affairs, with over a decade of experience.

David joins Sussex after considerable experience at Queen’s Park and in the energy sector. Most recently, David served as the Chief of Staff to Ontario’s Minister of Small Business and Red Tape Reduction and prior to that, as Director of Policy to the Minister of Environment, Conservation and Parks.

While at Queen’s Park, David was primarily responsible for the government’s stakeholder consultation and development of the Made-in-Ontario Environment Plan and initial implementation of its air, land and water, climate change, land conservation and organic and recyclable waste management actions. Accomplishments include the development of Ontario’s Emissions Performance Standards (EPS) and the province’s transition to full producer responsibility models in waste diversion. David has fostered strong relationships and coalitions among municipal, environmental, energy and government stakeholders.

Most recently, David was key to the province’s small business and government and regulatory modernization efforts prior to, but particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic; chiefly, the creation of policies, grant programs and other supports to assist small businesses and navigate pandemic restrictions. David also led development of the government’s bi-annual red tape reduction legislative and regulatory omnibus packages, which have become a hallmark of the Ford Government.

Prior to government, David led government relations files for a leading Canadian energy company. Here, David gained experience developing and executing government relations strategies for traditional large energy assets and emerging renewable technologies, including liquids pipelines, natural gas networks, electricity transmission, wind, solar, renewable natural gas, geothermal and hydrogen. David has a keen interest in business development, the energy transition and building stakeholder coalitions to support both.

David has a Master’s Degree in Political Science from the University of Waterloo and an Honours BA in Political Science and History from Carleton University. Active in his community, David has been recognized for his volunteer work with an Ontario Volunteer Service Award and Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.