David Simmonds - McKesson Canada Extranet
SENIOR VICE-PRESIDENT, COMMUNICATIONS AND PUBLIC AFFAIRS
David Simmonds is McKesson Canada’s Senior Vice-President, Communications and Public Affairs. David leads communications, external affairs, media relations, government relations, event marketing, and strategic partnerships for McKesson’s business units in Canada.
Most recently, David was Vice-President Enterprise Strategy and Chief of Staff to McKesson Corporation’s Executive Vice-President, Corporate Strategy and Business Development. In this role, David led the Coordination Office responsible for the development of McKesson's enterprise strategic plan, M&A opportunity evaluation, and the execution of cross business unit initiatives.
David joined McKesson in 2014 as Vice-President, Government Affairs supporting McKesson’s Retail Banner Group. In 2015, he was promoted to Vice-President, Public Affairs.
David serves as President of Alumni Western - Western University's global alumni network; Vice Chair of Action Against Hunger Canada; a Director of the Canadian Club of Toronto; and, is a Government of Ontario appointee to the Metro Toronto Convention Centre Board of Directors.
David is known as a skilled communications strategist, thoughtful leader, and effective consensus builder. 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.
A graduate of Western University, David holds a Master’s in Communication and Media Studies and Bachelor of Arts in Political Science.