Virtual Keynote Speaker
Virtual Business Strategy and Innovation Visionary
David now focuses on helping organizations and governments design strategies to maximize the benefits of vehicle automation. In 2015 David was the principal researcher and author of Driving Changes, a ground breaking white paper and strategy engagement on automated vehicles for the City of Toronto.
Current and recent appointments include: Distinguished Fellow, Innovation Policy Lab, Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy, University of Toronto Director Emeritus, Information Technology Association of Canada (ITAC) and Special Advisor, ITAC Talent Distinguished Visiting Scholar, G. Raymond Chang School, Ryerson University (2012-13)
David has co-authored several business books including The Naked Corporation: How the Age of Transparency Will Revolutionize Business, and Digital Capital: Harnessing the Power of Business Webs. He was a weekly business columnist for The Globe & Mail (2001-2003). Early in his career David was a radio public affairs journalist and producer for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.
During the past 15 years David investigated, wrote about, designed, and led policy and market initiatives for Canadian competitiveness in the digital economy. His focus has been the impact of technology innovation and globalization on business strategy and labour markets. David has developed a strategy for undergraduate-level artificial intelligence education. Previously he led the creation and rollout of Business Technology Management, a degree certificate program now in 30 post-secondary institutions across Canada.
From 1994 to 2001 David was founding CEO of Digital 4Sight, an international think tank, research and consulting firm. Digital 4Sight addressed the implications of the Internet for business model innovation and corporate strategy through primary research, case studies, focus groups and original analysis. Client sectors included government, information technology, financial services, telecommunications, automotive, consumer packaged goods, resources, and other sectors. He and his partners sold the firm in 2001.
David has a BA (Honours) from McGill University in sociology and political science, and has pursued graduate studies in communications, information systems and marketing research. He is fluent in English and French.