David Simmonds

David Simmonds 

SENIOR VICE-PRESIDENT, COMMUNICATIONS AND PUBLIC AFFAIRS 

David Simmonds is Senior Vice-President, Communications and Public Affairs. A member of McKesson Canada’s executive leadership team, David leads internal communications, external affairs, media relations, government relations, corporate and event marketing, corporate social responsibility and strategic partnerships for McKesson’s business units in Canada.

Prior to his current role, David was Vice-President Enterprise Strategy and Chief of Staff to McKesson Corporation’s Executive Vice-President and Chief Corporate Strategy and Business Development Officer. In this role, David led the Coordination Office responsible for the development of McKesson's global enterprise strategic plan, M&A opportunity evaluation, and the execution of cross business unit growth initiatives. Prior to McKesson David worked across strategic communications, public policy, and management consulting. 

David is Past President of Alumni Western - Western University's global alumni network; a member of Western University’s Board of Governors; Director and President Elect of the Canadian Club of Toronto; and, a member of the Advisory Board of Catalyst Canada. His earlier board work includes six years with Casey House, Canada’s leading HIV Specialty Hospital and the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy.

A graduate of Western University, David holds an Honours BA, MA (Media Theory), and executive education at the Wharton School.

A sought-after speaker his commentary can be found in national media including the Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, and CBC News. In 2015 the Diversity Advancement Network named David one of Canada’s Top 100 Black Canadians.