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David A. H. Brown

B.Comm(Hons), Pro.Dir., C.Dir.
Executive Vice-President

David Brown is Canada’s leading thinker, speaker, writer and practitioner in corporate governance.  Since 1995, David has co-founded over a dozen board governance education programs including university accredited certification programs for the Health, Colleges and Universities and School Board sectors, the International Corporate Governance Centre, the National Awards in Governance, the Public Enterprise (Crown Corporation) Governance Centre, and the Directors College.  David is probably best known for articulating and championing principle-based governance, built on economic agency theory and deriving 18 core competencies of board members.  Principle-based governance underpins all of his work, and is foundational to corporations selecting the right governance model and board practices.  This framework has been adopted by organizations as diverse as one of the GCC’s leading telecom providers, one of Canada’s big banks, two Canadian provinces’ Crown sectors, universities, health authorities, pension funds and military commands. David augmented his undergraduate business degree from Queen’s in accounting and finance with post-graduate courses at the University of Alberta’s law school.  Having served both as a CEO and a Board member, David is well-positioned to help corporations deal with issues in the boardroom.  David is the author of the definitive Canadian chapter in the international handbook Corporate Governance Around the World (2008: Routledge.) David was invited to serve on his first board in Montreal at age 17, and his second board in Toronto at age 22.