David Barnard is an experienced senior executive who has led high-performance executive teams and effectively communicated with partners, stakeholders, government and the public. He is currently Chair of the Board of the Digital Research Alliance of Canada. David has served on high-profile boards in the past, including as Lead Director for the Bank of Canada, Board Chair of Universities Canada, as a member of the board of Greystone Managed Investments and several other organizations.
David is President Emeritus of the University of Manitoba. He previously served as President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Manitoba, after having the same role at the University of Regina, and prior to that as Associate to Vice-Principals at Queen’s University. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada (formerly a member of its Board of Directors) and a Member of the Order of Manitoba.
David holds PhD, MSc and BSc degrees in Computer Science from the University of Toronto, a DipCS from Regent College (University of British Columbia), an LLM from Osgoode Hall (York University) and has completed the Digital Disruption: Digital Transformation Strategies unit at Cambridge University’s Judge School of Business. He resides in Winnipeg, Manitoba.