57 Louis Pasteur St.
Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa
Special Lecturer, Division of Epidemiology and Public Health, University of Nottingham
David received his undergraduate degree from the University of Western Ontario in 1978, a law degree from the University of Toronto in 1981, and was called to the bar of the Law Society of Upper Canada in 1983. He has applied that training to public health policy, specializing in tobacco issues, and focusing on how legal measures can greatly impact population health.
His particular interest has been in the interaction of law and economics as a determinant of public health. As such, he has focused much of his career on tax policy, contraband tobacco, litigation strategies, better consumer information and the provision of less hazardous alternatives to existing tobacco/nicotine products. This later strategy involves recognizing both that there will be considerable use of nicotine well into the future and that there is a pronounced spectrum of risk associated with nicotine intake depending upon the delivery system. Since many alternative nicotine products have comparatively minor risks, risk reduction principles have enormous potential to tremendously reduce the current global epidemic of smoking-caused death and disease.
David is a globally recognized expert on tobacco and public health issues. He has been active since the 1980s on these issues, working with bodies such as the World Health Organization, World Bank, Pan American Health Organization, International Union Against Cancer and numerous governments, foundations, law firms, and non-governmental organizations.
He has been widely published in peer-reviewed scientific journals as well as having authored work for major national and international health and social service organizations. He has spoken at numerous global conferences, and has been a frequent guest on major media in Canada and other countries. He has testified before parliamentary committees in Canada and elsewhere and before both Senate and House committees in the United States. He has received various awards for his work, including a ‘Public Health Hero’ lifetime achievement award from the Pan-American Health Organization.
David lives in Ottawa, from where he does international consulting, extensive volunteer and philanthropic work and is an avid long distance cyclist.