David de Launay
Chair of Advisory Board
David brings his significant executive and board experience to the advisory board for Indigenous and community-led infrastructure, resource development and other projects. We’re the better for it with his proven ability to align First Nations, business, and government interests to improve economic and environmental conditions. Over three decades, these skills were seen in executive offices in the Ontario government and through him leading Ontario’s team in the negotiations with Quebec and American states to protect the Great Lakes.
As a director, he’s brought his insight and experience to boards as diverse as Destination Ontario, Algoma University, the Greater Peterborough Area Economic Development Corporation and several international Great Lakes organizations.
- Deputy Minister of Ontario Ministry of Northern Development and Mines
- Deputy Minister of Ontario Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs
- Assistant Deputy Minister in numerous Ontario ministries, where he was deeply involved in Far North planning; land and
resource allocations; and developing frameworks with the Grassy Narrows First Nation and the Saugeen Ojibway First
- Helped transform Elliott Lake after its mines closed; and assisted in the employee takeover of a mill in Kapuskasing
- Worked with Ontario and Cree First Nations on James Bay to address hydro development, environmental concerns, economic
development, and Treaty rights