David Peck

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David Peck
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David Peck is an international development practitioner,[1][2] consultant, academic lecturer, podcaster, author, and public speaker based in Oakville, Ontario, Canada.[3][4] He is the founder of SoChange;[5] a social enterprise focused on building capacity, meaningful public engagement, innovation, and developing leadership and stronger relationships and skills in collaboration with charities, NGO’s and corporations.[6][7][8]


In 2003, Peck received a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from York University in Toronto, where he graduated, with Summa Cum Laude. He pursued a Master of Arts in Philosophy at the University of Guelph in Guelph, Ontario. He focused on his studies in the Philosophy of Science and the work of Michael Polanyi and published his thesis in 2010, Practical Action: Polanyi, Hacking, Heidegger and the Tacit Dimension.[9]


For the past 25 years, Peck has engaged in various professional endeavors.[10] Originally an electrician, Peck has served in sales and as a public engagement specialist for several significant companies, including Bell Canada, The Plan Group and RBC Financial Group.[11][12] David entered the entertainment industry due to a growing interest in sleight-of-hand magic in the 1990s; he became one of the most acclaimed corporate magicians in Canada, having performed for many blue chip companies including, but not limited to Air Canada, IBM, and MasterCard.[13][14][15]


SoChange, founded by Peck in 2008, is a social enterprise through which Peck provides his consultancy services to corporations, charities and NGOs in several areas, including fundraising, capacity building, event planning, partnership facilitation, proposal writing, Public engagement, leadership, and innovative skill development.[16] Over the years, the organization has successfully designed, directed, and implemented projects in 45+ countries in collaboration with 60+ organizations. SoChange Inc has created and implemented several notable events, including Converge, Why Everything Must Change, What’s Next, Beyond GDP and the Mosquitos Suck Tour.[17][18]

Face2Face and Driving Change

Face2Face is a weekly podcast featuring over 500 episodes, hosted by Peck, where he interviews actors, filmmakers, writers, and other artists in an insightful, amusing and entertaining manner.[19] The podcast has amassed millions of listeners in over 20 plus countries.[20][21] He also guest hosts on 640 AM/Global, a popular radio talk show in Ontario. They are a Corus Entertainment Company.[22][23] He is also the host of a new podcast called Driving Change in partnership with the Impact Series,[24] a media company that focuses on driving global change though significant interviews, public engagement and relevant calls to action.[25][26]


Peck is a nationally and internationally recognized speaker on entrepreneurship, international development, innovation, leadership, and social justice issues.[27][28] Owing to his vast philosophical knowledge, he is an active contributor to various articles and publications, such as TheMindMarket and Rabble.ca, through which he shares his expertise on social change and entrepreneurial ideas.[29] He has featured speeches at several national and international events and conferences.[30][31][32]


Peck is the co-editor of Irreconcilable Differences. In 2014, Peck released his first book, Real Change is Incremental, a collection of essays by Peck that elaborates on his interest in philosophy, magic, poetry, comedy, and international development.[33] The book was awarded with the Guild Culture Award for social change in 2015.[34] He has also authored the book Closed for Renovations.[35][36]


Peck is a business school lecturer at Humber College in Hamilton, Ontario. Peck is also the co-creator of the Remi award-winning children’s educational TV show Spellz and was credited as the Global Hero by Verge Magazine in 2009. Peck has also produced Broken Courage,[37][38][39][40] his first documentary film.[41][42][43][44]

Awards and Recognition

  • Credited as Global Hero by Verge Magazine in 2009
  • Awarded the Remi Award for the children’s education TV show Spellz
  • Awarded the World Guild Cultural Award for the book Real Change Is Incremental in 2015
  • Closed For renovations (1990)
  • Real Change is Incremental (2014)
  • Irreconcilable Differences (2015)

In the media


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  2. "Floating in from upstream". How Matters. 7 June 2012. Retrieved 16 November 2022.
  3. McGill, Carl (15 June 2021). "CANADIAN ACTIVIST, AUTHOR, AND PODCASTER DAVID PECK TO HOST 10 PART SERIES!". Movie Scene Canada. Retrieved 16 November 2022.
  4. "The Magic Cafe Forums - David Peck's Digital Graffiti". themagiccafe.com. Retrieved 16 November 2022.
  5. "Organization:SoChange - HandWiki". handwiki.org. Retrieved 16 November 2022.
  6. Draper, Nathanael; Peck, David (6 November 2022). "Broken Courage". Suondial Productions. Retrieved 16 November 2022.
  7. "Filmmaker and Podcast Host of 'Face2Face' David Peck Talks His Upcoming Film 'Broken Courage'". We Are Entertainment News. 28 December 2020. Retrieved 16 November 2022.
  8. "‎Face2Face with David Peck on Apple Podcasts". Apple Podcasts. Retrieved 16 November 2022.
  9. "Oakville students learn about the hazards of mosquitoes with SoChange". TheIFP.ca. Retrieved 16 November 2022.
  10. "Smart Man, Smarter Woman Podcast: Episode 37: David Peck - Be The Pebble, Create The Ripples, Effect The Change". smartmansmarterwoman.libsyn.com. Retrieved 16 November 2022.
  11. "Digital Graffiti (2 DVD Set) by David Peck - DVD". Penguin Magic. Retrieved 16 November 2022.
  12. "Podcasts". The Impact Series. Retrieved 16 November 2022.
  13. "GAPC Entertainment | Award-Winning Television Productions". GAPC ENTERTAINMENT. Retrieved 16 November 2022.
  14. Staff, E. T. C. "Fighting malaria a mission for David Peck". humberetc. Retrieved 16 November 2022.
  15. "Funny Business - Niagara Comedy Magic Seminar 2007 by David Peck and Anthony Lindan - DVD". Penguin Magic. Retrieved 16 November 2022.
  16. "Real Change Is Incremental: Reflections on What We Know, What We Do and How Little Things Make a Big Difference". amazon. Retrieved 16 November 2022.
  17. "CONSULTANT". David Peck. Retrieved 16 November 2022.
  18. "David Peck and Brian Roberts LIVE (Instant Download)". Penguin Magic. Retrieved 16 November 2022.
  19. "Digital Graffiti". www.vanishingincmagic.com. Retrieved 16 November 2022.
  20. "Practical Action: Polanyi, Hacking, Heidegger and the Tacit Dimension". amazon. Retrieved 16 November 2022.
  21. "Canada's Magic". canadasmagic.blogspot.com. Retrieved 16 November 2022.
  22. "Spellz". Wikipedia. 3 October 2021. Retrieved 16 November 2022.
  23. "Irreconcilable Differences?: Fostering Dialogue Among Philosophy, Theology, and Science". amazon. Retrieved 16 November 2022.
  24. "Impact Series: Driving Change Podcast hosted by David Peck!". The Impact Series. Retrieved 16 November 2022.
  25. Peck, David (2008). "Practical Action: Polanyi, Hacking, Heidegger and the Tacit Dimension". books.google.ca. VDM Publishing. Retrieved 16 November 2022.
  26. "List of Canadian films of 2022". Wikipedia. 15 November 2022. Retrieved 16 November 2022.
  27. "Brand Story We Love: David Peck". ReimaginePr.com. 5 July 2015. Retrieved 16 November 2022.
  28. "An Interview With David Peck". Canadian History Ehx. 30 November 2020. Retrieved 16 November 2022.
  29. "Close Enough to Hear Others Breathe". Comment Magazine. 28 September 2012. Retrieved 16 November 2022.
  30. "Mosquitoes Suck: The Tour". InsideHalton.com. Retrieved 16 November 2022.
  31. "David Peck Archives". Comment Magazine. Retrieved 16 November 2022.
  32. "‎The Impact Series: Driving Change hosted by David Peck: Driving Change Intro on Apple Podcasts". Apple Podcasts. Retrieved 16 November 2022.
  33. autdhor, pod (16 August 2018). "Using Magic to Make an Impact with David Peck". Discourse in Magic. Retrieved 16 November 2022.
  34. "Travel Tales Podcast – David Peck". traveltalespodcast.com. Retrieved 16 November 2022.
  35. Festival, Asian Film (27 June 2022). "15 Films you shouldn't miss at the 11th Cambodia International Film Festival". Asian Film Festivals. Retrieved 16 November 2022.
  36. "Students attend conference on malaria". BramptonGuardian.com. Retrieved 16 November 2022.
  37. "Broken Courage (2022)". Radio Times. Retrieved 16 November 2022.
  38. "Broken Courage". Asian Film Festival Barcelona. Retrieved 16 November 2022.
  39. "About David Peck: Canadian magician | Biography, Facts, Information, Career, Wiki, Life". peoplepill.com. Retrieved 16 November 2022.
  40. "david peck — Blog". James Alan - Magic for Grownups. Retrieved 16 November 2022.
  41. "Broken Courage - The Movie - Time Rarely Heals All Wounds". brokencouragethemovie. Retrieved 16 November 2022.
  42. Wiesner, Darren (23 November 2020). "Talent On Tap – David Peck Captures the Human Spirit in Broken Courage". hnmag.ca. Retrieved 16 November 2022.
  43. June 21, Angelica Babiera. "Canadian filmmakers to world premiere feature doc in Cambodia". playbackonline.ca. Retrieved 16 November 2022.
  44. "My Lovely Assistant Magic Reviews". www.mylovelyassistant.com. Retrieved 16 November 2022.

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