As Principal of DMci Strategies, David is a strategic advisor, speaker and facilitator on change and opportunity facing the global food system. He is currently leading a diverse coalition of industry, government, academic, NGO, and innovation and financial organizations to develop Canada’s first agri-food sustainability index.
David is a Member of the Agricultural Research Institute of Ontario (ARIO), a Governance Committee Member of the Canadian Agri-Food Sustainability Initiative (CASI), an Affiliate of McGill University’s Institute for Global Food Security, and a Global Advisor for Nova Scotia Business Inc. He has been a Senior Fellow of Canada 2020 (an Ottawa-based think tank), a Contributing Editor of The Economist Intelligence Unit and a member of Export Development Canada’s Industry Stakeholder Panel.
He is the former President & CEO of the Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute. He has held executive positions with MDS Nordion, a global supplier of medical isotopes, and has worked at the Canadian Bankers Association, Scotiabank and the Royal Commission on the Economic Union and Development Prospects for Canada.
He is the former Chair of WaterAid Canada and Trustee of London-based WaterAid International, an NGO dedicated to improving water, sanitation and hygiene across the global south. He has also held directorships with the Greater Ottawa Chamber of Commerce, Ottawa Life Sciences Council, Ottawa Centre for Research and Innovation, and the U.S.-based Council of Radionuclides and Radiopharmaceuticals.
David has authored opinion pieces for The Globe & Mail, is a co-author of Virtual Water: Its Implications on Agriculture and Trade in Water International (2018) and has published the book Taking It to the Hill: The Complete Guide to Appearing Before Parliamentary Committees (2nd ed., 2005).
He is a graduate of the London School of Economics and Dalhousie University.
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