David Simmonds


David Simmonds

SVP, Office of the CEO, Corporate Initiatives, Great-West Lifeco

David Simmonds is SVP, Corporate Initiatives, Office of the CEO at Great West Life and Canada Life Company (LifeCo). In this role, David has accountability for driving strategy and alignment around corporate purpose, ESG, and global impact across LifeCo’s executives, business units, and employees. He leads cross-functional efforts focused on harnessing the full strength of LifeCo’s efforts to affect positive change while creating value for stakeholders. He also provides strategic partnership and advisory guidance to the CEO agenda.

Prior to LifeCo, David had a successful career at McKesson. A member of the company executive leadership team, David worked in both the US and Canada leading teams across corporate marketing, enterprise strategy, and public affairs, until his promotion to SVP, Communications & Public Affairs for McKesson Canada.

David is a member of Western University’s Board of Governors; Director and President Elect of the Canadian Club of Toronto; a Governor of the Stratford Festival; and an Advisory Board Member at Catalyst Canada. 

David’s been named one of Canada’s Top 100 Black Canadians by the Diversity Advancement Network; he serves as an expert panelist at the Centre for the Purpose of the Corporation; and recently completed an appointment as Visiting Professor at Western University where his teaching focused on social storytelling, brand, and cause marketing. 

A graduate of Western University, David holds an Honours BA, MA, and completed the executive development program at the Wharton School.