David de Launay

Chair of Advisory Board


David de Launay is an experienced executive, board member, and project leader with a proven track record of bringing diverse interests together to deliver results.

David has served the people of Ontario in various executive positions including Aboriginal Affairs, Natural Resources and the Cabinet Office for more than three decades, most recently as former Deputy Minister of Northern Development and Mines since 2015.

David also led the Ontario negotiating team in six-year negotiations with Quebec and the eight Great Lakes states that led to agreements protecting the lakes.

His board Director experience is extensive, including Destination Ontario, Algoma University, FP Innovations, Greater Peterborough Area Economic Development Corporation and numerous international Great Lakes organizations.


“Northerners, especially First Nations, have an unprecedented opportunity for environmentally-sound economic and social growth with the potential mining development.

“We have companies with real project proposals. The federal and provincial governments are willing and ready to go. First Nations are supportive. When you have all those parties potentially aligning, that creates a great opportunity.

“I fundamentally believe in leaving the world a better place than we found it, working with all sectors of society to achieve social, environmental and economic progress, and on a personal level, striving to understand and respect each other, building trust, and creating relationships of mutual responsibility and accountability.

“In my new role with Enterprise, I want to help bring all parties together and create new opportunities for resource development across Canada.”


  • Deputy Minister of Ontario Ministry of Northern Development and Mines from 2015 through 2018.
  • Deputy Minister of Ontario Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs 2013-2014.
  • Assistant Deputy Minister in numerous Ontario Ministries including Natural Resources 2004-2013:
    • Deeply involved in the Far North planning.
    • Led policy development and implementation of land and resource allocation decisions.
    • Developed framework agreements with Grassy Narrows First Nation on forestry and the Saugeen Ojibway First Nation on commercial fishing.
  • Took part in the transformation of Elliott Lake after the closure of the uranium mines and in Kapuskasing, the employee-Tembec takeover of the Spruce Falls mill.
  • Helped create the Centre for Research and Innovation in the Bio-Economy.
  • Led Ontario’s negotiations with Quebec and the eight Great Lakes states in the development of agreements to protect the Great Lakes between 1999 and 2005.
  • Worked with Ontario and Cree First Nations on James Bay in the early 1990s addressing hydroelectric development, environmental concerns, economic development, and Treaty and Aboriginal rights.