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Apart from the landmark private University Project, David in June of 1998 accepted another significant challenge as President and CEO of the Canada Foundation for Innovation. This autonomous, Ottawa-based organization was founded by the federal government in 1997 to fund and revitalize national research infrastructure programs that would enable Canadian universities, colleges and research hospitals to carry out across-the-board scientific and technological projects of benefit to all Canadians.

Of CFI’s capital investment budget of $5.0 billion, more than $2.7 billion was invested during David’s six-year tenure – effectively stemming the loss of Canadian researchers to other countries. It was during this time that he played a key role in helping the Canadian government to create the Canada Research Chairs. This program funded at the level of $300m a year haws has created 2000 new positions in Canadian universities. David retired from CFI March 31, 2004 in order to devote his full attention to Quest University Canada during the important construction and start-up phases of its development.

Earlier, during his UBC years, David’s vision and commitment to excellence were widely credited with positioning the university as a world-class institution.



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