RTDNA Canada announces Darrell Bricker, Global Chief Executive Officer, Public Affairs and Sean Simpson, Vice President, Public Affairs – Ipsos, as the 2021 recipient of the Bill Hutton Award of Excellence

Toronto, ON (June 3, 2021) – RTDNA Canada is pleased to announce Darrell Bricker, Global Chief Executive Officer, Ipsos and Sean Simpson, Vice President – Public Affairs, Ipsos will receive the 2021 RTDNA Bill Hutton Award of Excellence. Formerly known as the “Friend of RTDNA Canada Award” the award was renamed in 2009 to honour the late Bill Hutton, RTDNA Canada’s first president. The award is given to individuals or organizations who have shown a true commitment to RTDNA and the betterment of journalism in Canada.

RTDNA Canada President Fiona Conway said, “Darrell and Sean are important contributors to RTDNA Canada. Every year conducting and presenting a poll that provides critical insight for journalism. We are thrilled to pay tribute to Darrell Bricker and Sean Simpson for the contribution Ipsos makes to RTDNA Canada!”

Dr. Darrell Bricker

Dr. Bricker holds a PH.D. in Political Science from Carleton University, and a BA and MA from Wilfrid Laurier University. He has been awarded an Honourary Doctor of Laws Degree by Wilfrid Laurier University, which named him one of their top 100 graduates in the last 100 years. Darrell is also a Research Fellow with the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto, and at the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) in Waterloo, Ontario.

Darrell has written seven national bestselling books. His latest, NEXT: Where to Live, What to Buy, and Who Will Lead Canada’s Future is a major release with Harper Collins Canada.

Dr. Bricker is a popular public speaker who regularly engages with audiences around the world. He’s written articles for publications as diverse as Canada’s Globe and Mail and France’s Le Monde. He has also appeared on television and radio with all of Canada’s major national networks, and around the world with news broadcast organizations such as CNN, the BBC and NPR.

Sean Simpson

Sean Simpson, Vice President with Ipsos Public Affairs, has been with Ipsos for fourteen years and leads the public-opinion polling and reputation specializations in Canada, working in survey design and analysis. He holds a Bachelor, and Master’s Degree in Political Science from Wilfrid Laurier University where he specialized in Public Opinion Polling.

Sean is a primary spokesperson for Ipsos in Canada, leads Ipsos’ research for Global News, and has been featured regularly on CTV, CP24 and Global News. Sean is an active speaker and regularly participates in conferences, panels, symposia and lectures at Universities and Colleges in Canada. He currently teaches courses in questionnaire design and sampling at the Laurier Summer Institute for Research Methods.


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About RTDNA Canada

RTDNA Canada is the voice of electronic and digital journalists and news managers in Canada. The members of RTDNA Canada recognize the responsibility of broadcast and digital journalists to promote and to protect the freedom to report independently about matters of public interest and to present a wide range of expressions, opinions, and ideas. The RTDNA Canada Journalistic Code of Ethics, adopted by the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council, is used to measure fairness and accuracy in our profession.

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Contact Information

Fiona Conway
President, RTDNA Canada

RTDNA Canada