David Simmonds

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Senior Vice President, Communications and Public Affairs, McKesson

David Simmonds is McKesson Canada’s Senior Vice President Communications and Public Affairs. A member of the company’s country executive team, David leads a team responsible for internal communications, corporate marketing, media relations, public policy and communications strategy. While at McKesson David has led Government Realtions and Public Affairs for a variety of its Canadian businesses, and Enterprise Strategy for McKesson Corporation’s US, Canadian, and European operations.

Throughout his career David has advised senior leaders in the private, public, and non-profit sector on mission critical communications strategies demonstrating particular expertise in higher education policy, financial communications, health policy, crisis management and reputation recovery.

David is past President of Western Univeristy’s Alumni Association and a member of the University’s Board of Governors; a Director and President Elect of the Canadian Club of Toronto; and a Government of Ontario's appointee to the Board of the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

In 2015, the Diversity Advancement Network named David to their list of the Top 100 Black Canadians.

From 2016-18 David served as a member of the Ontario Government's External Implementation Advisory Committee on efforts to combat Anti-Black Racism.

A sought after public speaker, David’s commentary can be found in a variety of media including the Toronto Star, The Globe and Mail, and CBC News: The National, where he served as a regular news contributor.

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