After a distinguished 25 year career as an educator, Dave Levac began his political career in 1999 as elected MPP for the riding of Brant. Seated in the Opposition benches, he gained valuable experience and knowledge serving in the Legislature. The following election saw a change in government, and Dave became the Chief Government Whip. After holding various roles in government, Dave ran for and was elected the 41st Speaker of the Ontario Legislature in 2011. He served two terms as Speaker, making him the longest serving Speaker in Ontario history. After five terms of elected office and 20 years of service in the Ontario Legislative Assembly, Dave retired. He now brings his vast experience and knowledge in education and politics to McMaster University, where he is Public Leadership for Change Distinguished Visiting Professor.