David Brook


Senior Advisor


David is a creative problem solver and critical thinker with over twenty years of experience in supporting corporate, not-for-profit and government entities to:

• Develop and execute on compelling strategy,

• Identify and mitigate risk, and

• Measure and optimize impact.

Over his career, David has provided strategic advice and guidance to public, private and not-for-profit organizations with a focus on innovation, climate change and global health. David also has deep expertise in developing, shaping, analyzing and implementing domestic and international public policy more broadly. David has developed and implemented strategies that have secured more than $850M in public funding for Canadian organizations and companies.

Until June 2023, David was the Chief Strategy Officer for Grand Challenges Canada (GCC), a not-for-profit organization primarily funded by the Government of Canada and a range of other partners that is dedicated to saving and improving the lives of the most vulnerable.  Beginning in 2008, David played a significant role in building and launching this leading global innovation organization as an external consultant and, starting in 2012, as part of Grand Challenges Canada’s senior management team.

David serves as Chair for the Board of Directors of the Bruyere Research Institute and is a member of the Board of Directors for Bruyere Continuing Care. He enjoys mentoring young leaders in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors and working with visionary leaders to fully realize the impact of their work.

David has a Master’s Degree in Political Economy, and an Honours Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies (International Development) from Carleton University and a Graduate Certificate in Dialogue, Deliberation and Public Engagement from Fielding Graduate University.