Dr. Mark Gilbert is a professor with the School of Public Administration, Dalhousie University in Halifax Nova Scotia. Prior to joining Dalhousie he served as CEO for the Nova Scotia Municipal Finance Corporation and held a number of other local government management positions.. He has participated in international local government finance reform projects in a number of countries which include South Africa, Indonesia, India and Bosnia. His current areas of research include the study of local government satisfaction levels with various types of alternative service delivery, the municipal financial implications of urban sprawl, and local government techniques for citizen engagement. He is an academic advisor to GFOAs committee on Canadian Issues and a past GFOA executive board member.