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David Clark

David Clark

David started his "fresh-from-college" employment as a property assessor with the Province of Ontario. (His two favourite subjects at college were urban/economic geography and economics.) After 15 years, sensing a need for change he returned to school earning a B.A. in recreation and leisure with a focus in tourism, and a Bachelor of Environmental Studies with a major in geography. Finally, he completed his Master of Arts as a mature student in 2004. His thesis was a study of domestic tourism in Ontario, combining census and tourism data. He looked at various demographic and travel characteristics to determine how they affect touristic travel destinations and origins. He also developed, as part of his thesis, a "tourism-potential" index to assess a destination's position as a net tourism generator or receiver. Since 2004, David has operated a consulting business, drawing on his experiences, both employment and volunteering from diverse fields including education, social services (developmental disability and mental illness), Aboriginal, culture, arts/music, and children's well-being. He sees spatial analysis combined with statistical analysis as being key to understanding many community issues, especially potential solutions to problems. He continues to embrace life-long learning. David has studied at Seneca College, University of Waterloo, Queen's University, Loyalist, Fanshawe, and Georgian Colleges.

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Articles Posted by David Clark

GenY at home: Debt, precarious work, and high housing costs

A new report by Nancy Worth, a geographer at the University of Waterloo, found that about 47% of millennials in the Greater Toronto Area live More...

Job Loss and Residential Mobility

“The recent economic downturn [2008-2009] magnified a routine occurrence in the Canadian labour market: job loss resulting from an employer downsizing, moving, or going out More...

The employment and wage impact of broadband deployment in Canada

A recent article published in the Canadian Journal of Economics “provides the first empirical assessment of the impact of broadband on employment and wage growth More...

How vexillology can aid in your economic development initiatives

Close your eyes. Scan your mind. What does your city flag look like? Have you ever noticed it, or ever seen it? The flag of More...

[Statistical] Thoughts on recruiting seniors as economic development

What follows is not a prediction of what will happen, but rather a message of caution that we need to look deeper than what appears, More...

Does your main street have touristic appeal?

Small cities, towns, and villages often struggle to attract tourists. Many focus on the downtown core highlighting “historic” aesthetics as a key marketing message. The More...

Is your drive to work taking a toll on your health and well-being?

Hypertension, waist circumference, and body mass index, all are negatively associated with longer work commute times. So is reduced physical activity, which is a “risk More...

No tipping allowed: Restaurant pays a living wage

A new restaurant opened recently in the small, rural town of Owen Sound (population 22,000) which is located in southwestern Ontario, Canada, and no tipping More...

As goes the province, so goes the local community

I live and work in an area of Ontario which is perceived to be struggling economically. Major manufacturing left the area many years ago. The More...

A letter to my daughter: Please don’t come home; there are no jobs for you

Dear daughter: You have been living away from home for five years now, and just one term away from completing your honours degree. I am More...