Daryl Rock

by Peter Levesque on January 5, 2011 · 3 comments

Daryl Rock is Vice-President and Treasurer of the Institute for Knowledge Mobilization.

He is a recognized expert in social development, disability rights, knowledge mobilization, research funding and policy development and has presented at workshops and as a keynote speaker throughout North America.

Daryl retired from the Federal Public Service in the fall of 2008 where he spent the majority of his career working in the areas of research and development and social policy. After initially entering the public service in 1987 with the Department of the Secretary of State, in 1993 he moved to Human Resources Development Canada. There he worked in increasingly senior positions including manager of programs and then manager of policy for HRDC’s Labour Market Information program. He subsequently held the positions of Associate Director of Knowledge Exchange at the Canadian Council on Learning and Director of Strategic Programs at the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. In each of these areas his approach was to bring people impacted by decisions into the decision making process to improve outcomes and help solve complex social and economic issues. In 2000 he wrote the book Making a Difference, profiling several Canadians who had made a significant contribution to their community.

In addition to his corporate responsibilities, Daryl has participated on several boards of directors including Chair of the Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation, an applied research organization addressing Spinal Cord Injury and acquired brain injury health and quality of life issues and Chair of Freedom at Depth Canada, a scuba training organization.

Daryl has a strong understanding of public policy, social justice, change management, applied research, organizational development and knowledge mobilization. Daryl has been an inspiration to those who work with him, as well as to young people he has encountered throughout his career. He has honed his leadership skills and has demonstrated his ability to coach and mentor others. In 1992 Daryl was awarded the 125th Anniversary of the Confederation of Canada medal for his community service.

He holds a Masters degree in Public Administration, and a BA in political science both from Carleton University as well as a CEGEP certificate in engineering from College Militaire Royale de St. Jean.

He currently lives in Vancouver.