Vice-President, Corporate and Public Affairs
David Stewart-Patterson is Vice-President, Corporate and Public Affairs, for Canada’s foremost independent and not-for-profit applied research organization, The Conference Board of Canada (CBoC). With close to 200 employees, CBoC is non-partisan and funded exclusively by the fees it charges for services to public and private sector clients. CBoC is affiliated with but independent from The Conference Board, Inc. of New York. David is responsible for 15 research centres and executive networks that address issues ranging from national security and Canada’s North to health care, energy, environment and innovation.
David joined the Conference Board in 2011 after 15 years at the Canadian Council of Chief Executives (CCCE), the last seven as its Executive Vice President. The CCCE’s members are the CEOs of 150 of Canada’s largest private-sector enterprises, and David led the organization’s policy development and advocacy across a broad range of national and international issues.
David’s first career was in business journalism. A graduate of Carleton University’s School of Journalism in Ottawa, David has written three books and worked as a reporter, editor and senior manager in print and broadcast media. He has held positions including Parliamentary correspondent for The Globe and Mail and business anchor for the country’s top television morning show, the CTV network’s Canada AM.
A bilingual native of Montreal, David also is a passionate volunteer on behalf of young entrepreneurs. He serves as Vice Chair of Futurpreneur Canada, which provides financing and mentoring that support more than 600 start-ups a year across Canada. He also is a representative director on the Board of Trustees of The Prince’s Youth Business International in the United Kingdom.