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David R. Beatty, C.M., O.B.E.

David R. Beatty

David R. Beatty

Professor of Strategic Management


MA in Economics, Cambridge University
BA in Political Science & Economics, University of Toronto




David Beatty is Professor of Strategic Management. Currently, he serves as a Director of FirstService Corporation, Walter Energy and Canada Steamships Lines. Over his career he has served on over 35 Boards of directors and been Chair of 8 publicly traded companies. He was the founding Managing Director of the Canadian Coalition for Good Governance (2003-2008). David served on Peter Drucker’s Foundation Board in the United States for over a decade, the last few years as Vice Chairman and was Chair of Upper Canada College from 1992-97.


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Honorary Consul General for Papua New Guinea in Canada; Past Chairman, Upper Canada College, Toronto; Past Director of the Art Gallery of Ontario and The George R. Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Arts

Academic Positions

  • Present

    Conway Director, Clarkson Centre for Business Ethics & Board Effectiveness and Professor of Strategic Management, Rotman School of Management

  • 2002-2007

    Director, Institute of Corporate Directors

Non-Academic Positions

  • 2001-2012

    Chairman, Inmet Mining

  • 2008-2010

    Chairman, Western Canadian Coal

  • 1992-2012

    Director, Bank of Montreal; FirstService

  • 2002-2008

    Managing Director, CCGG

  • 1996-2000

    Founding Chairman, Orogen Minerals Ltd.

  • 1990-2002

    Vice Chairman (founding Chairman in Canada), Peter F. Drucker Foundation in the U.S.; Chair in Canada

  • 1985-1994

    President, Weston Foods, a Cdn $2 billion food processing company employing 12,000 people with 40 plants in Canada and the U.S., Weston Foods is part of Canada's 4th largest company, George Weston Limited, of which Mr. Beatty was a Director until his retirement

  • 1980-1985

    President, Gardiner Group Capital, a family holding company with interests in the oil and gas industry, hotels, and fast foods

  • 1977-1980

    Management consultant in Canada and the USA,

  • 1973-1977

    Director of the Central Planning Office and Economic Advisor to the Prime Minister in Papua New Guinea during the transition from colonial status to self government and Independence,

  • 1970-1973

    McKinsey & Co. and Chair of Canada Consulting Group,

  • 1967-1970

    Senior Transport Economist and Assistant Editor, Second Five Year Plan in the Central Planning Office of the Government of Tanzania,

Honors and Awards

  • 2005

    Fellow of the Institute, Institute of Corporate Directors (Canada)

  • 1994

    Officer Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, Government

Professional Affiliations/Memberships

  • International Corporate Governance Network

  • Global Corporate Governance Forum

  • European Corporate Governance Institute