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Scott Streiner

Degrees:BA (Hebrew University), MA (Carleton), PhD (Carleton)
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Scott Streiner (Ph.D., FCIArb, ICD.D) is an Adjunct Professor with the Department of Political Science, as well a Senior Advisor with Deloitte, mediator and arbitrator with ADR Chambers, and First Vice Chair of the Council of Canadian Administrative Tribunals.

In May 2021, Scott wrapped up 31 years with the Government of Canada, the last six of which he spent as Chair and CEO of the Canadian Transportation Agency (CTA). Under his leadership, the CTA launched and completed a comprehensive modernization of all the regulations it makes and administers, leading to enactment of the groundbreaking Air Passenger Protection Regulations and Accessible Transportation for Persons with Disabilities Regulations. The CTA also worked to raise public awareness of its mandates and services, and handled a 23-fold increase in the volume of applications from Canadian travellers and businesses for dispute resolution assistance (from 800 to almost 19,000 per year). Finally, the CTA modernized its compliance assurance program, introducing a data-driven, risk-based approach to targeting monitoring and enforcement resources. Through all this change, the CTA focused on employee well-being, receiving results better than the public service average on 98 per cent of the items in the 2021 Public Service Employees Survey.

Prior to his appointment at the CTA, Scott’s public service positions included Assistant Secretary to the Cabinet, Economic and Regional Development Policy; Assistant Deputy Minister, Policy at Transport Canada; Executive Director of the Aerospace Review; Assistant Deputy Minister and Head of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service with the Labour Program; Vice President, Program Delivery with the Canadian Environmental Assessment; Director General, Human Resources with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans; and Director of Pay Equity with the Canadian Human Rights Commission.

Scott spent 15 months in 2010-11 as a Public Servant-in-Residence with the Department of Political Science, during which he helped build bridges between the public service and academia, taught a graduate seminar on public policy-making in practice, and conducted research on effects of 24/7 news and social media on governance.

Scott has a PhD in Political Science from Carleton University, an MA in International Relations from the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, and a BA in East Asian Studies from the Hebrew University. He has taught and written on human rights in theory and in practice; Middle Eastern politics and history, with a particular emphasis on Israel and the Israeli-Arab conflict; and strategies to narrow socio-economic disparities under conditions of globalization.

Scott’s publications include: Canada’s Experience with Employment Equity and Group Rights: An Overview and Preliminary Analysis of Lessons for Israel, in Maor, Anat (ed.) Affirmative Action and Equal Representation in Israel, 2004 (in Hebrew; co-authored with Ilan Saban); The Clash of Psychologies: Palestine, Israel, and the Tragedy of Intimate Ignorance, Canadian Foreign Policy, 10(1), 2002; Principles, Politics, and Human Rights, in Ferguson, Sherry (ed.), Civic Discourse and Cultural Politics in Canada: A Cacophony of Voices, 2002; and Shooting and Crying: The Emergence of Protest in Israeli Popular Music, The European Legacy, 6(6), 2001.