David Simmonds

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Vice President, Enterprise Strategy, McKesson

As VP Enterprise Strategy David leads the Coordination Office responsible for McKesson's enterprise strategic plan, enterprise M&A opportunity evaluation, and the execution of cross business unit initiatives. In this role, David also serves as Chief of Staff to McKesson's Executive Vice President of Corporate Strategy and Business Development. 

Most recently, David was VP Communications and Public Affairs for McKesson Canada. Here, David led the transformation of company’s public policy, communications, and corporate marketing departments into one integrated public affairs function responsible for media relations, internal communications, corporate and content marketing, event marketing, corporate social responsibility, and government relations. 

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 serves as President of Alumni Western - Western University's global alumni network; a Director at Action Against Hunger Canada; a Director of the Canadian Club of Toronto; and, is a Government of Ontario's appointee to the Board of Directors for the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. In 2015, the Diversity Advancement Network named David to their list of the Top 100 Black Canadians. As a member of the Ontario Government's External Implementation Advisory Committee, David currently advises Ontario's Minister responsible for Anti-Racism on strategies 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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