David Simmonds

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Vice President, Government Affairs, McKesson Canada

As Vice President, Public Affairs for McKesson Canada David Simmonds leads initiatives that promote, protect, and enhance McKesson’s reputation and build strategic partnerships and across Canada. Leading a national and cross functional team, David is responsible for media relations; internal communications; corporate and content 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. He’s developed particular expertise in higher education policy; financial communications; health policy; crisis management and reputation recovery.

David serves as is President-Elect of Alumni Western - Western University's global alumni network; Secretary of the Board at Casey House – a leading specialty hospital in Toronto; and as a Director at Action Against Hunger Canada. In 2015, the Diversity Advancement Network named David to their list of the Top 100 Black Canadians in the Role Model category.

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


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