Prior to joining Ipsos (previously the Angus Reid Group) in 1990, Darrell was Director of Research in the office of Canada's Prime Minister. He was also a research consultant with firms in Ottawa and Toronto.
Darrell holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from Carleton University (where he was a Social Science and Humanities Research Council Doctoral Fellow), and a BA and MA from Wilfrid Laurier University. He has been awarded an Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree by Wilfrid Laurier University, which named him one of their top 100 graduates in the last 100 years.
Darrell is a prolific author. He's written four national bestselling books, Searching for Certainty: Inside the New Canadian Mindset (with Ed Greenspon – Doubleday, 2001), We Know What You're Thinking (with John Wright – Doubleday, 2005), What Canadians Think About Almost Everything (with John Wright – Harper Collins, 2009), and Canuckology. (with John Wright – Harper Collins, 2010). Darrell's new book, The Big Shift (with John Ibbitson), will be a major hardcover release with Harper Collins in February 2013.
He is a popular public speaker who regularly engages with audiences around the world. He is interviewed frequently in the media, appearing on CNN, the BBC, Bloomberg, and Al Jazeera, as well as on all of Canada's major television and radio networks. He's written articles for publications as diverse as Canada's Globe and Mail and France's Le Monde.
Darrell is a passionate supporter of Canada's men and women in uniform. He serves by appointment of the Minister of National Defence as the Honorary Colonel of the Queen's York Rangers, Canada's oldest army reserve regiment. For his volunteer work with the military he has received a commendation from the Commander of the Army, and has been awarded the Diamond Jubilee Medal.