The Honourable David C. Dingwall, P.C, Q.C., is the seventh President & Vice-Chancellor of Cape Breton University.
He is highly regarded for his substantial, in-depth experience in both the private and public sectors, at both the national and international levels. He was elected to the Parliament of Canada on four different occasions. In 1997, as Canada’s Health Minister, he introduced and passed the Tobacco Control Act, which was recognized by the World Health Organization, Canadian Cancer Society and the Canadian Lung Association.
He has engaged in business activities throughout Canada and the United States, as well as Australia, China, Japan, Sweden, Israel, Thailand, the United Arab Emirates, and Barbados, to name but a few. Drawing on a background that integrates such notable occupations as lawyer, national public figure, corporate CEO, corporate director, distinguished public speaker, visiting lecturer and author, Mr. Dingwall brings a unique and considerable perspective to the issues of the modern enterprise.
Mr. Dingwall has extensive corporate governance experience. As the Chief Executive Officer of the Royal Canadian Mint, in less than two years, Mr. Dingwall grew its revenue to more than $100 million. As a leader who achieves results through innovation, he created the world’s first-ever coloured circulation coin, The Poppy Coin.
He is currently Co-Director of the Canada China Institute on Business and Development, Ted Rodger School of Management, Ryerson University; a Board Member of The Canadian Bar Association, The Advocates’ Society, ADR Chambers Inc., and Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society; and Chairperson of Orenda Solutions Inc. He has held positions of Chairman, Rogers Sugar Income Trust Fund; Director, Web Standards Inc., MD Life Insurance Ltd., and St. Joseph Corporation; and Advisory Board Member, State Street Global Advisors.
He also served as Chief Executive Officer of an international consulting company which provided strategic communication and government relations advice to large and medium size corporations. His clients included American Airlines, Sun Microsystems, IMP and Atlantis Corporation.
He holds degrees in commerce and law from Dalhousie University, has studied Corporate Governance at Harvard Law School, and is also a graduate of the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD.D), Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto. In 1997, he received an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from Cape Breton University.