Dr. David W. Strangway

President, Canada Foundation for Innovation; Past-President and Vice-Chancellor Emeritus of University of British Columbia, Canada. Appointed November 1985.

Currently : member, board of directors of : BC Gas Ltd; MacMillan Bloedel Ltd; Rayrock Resources; Corporate-Higher Education Forum; Development Workshop.

Previous posts : research geophysicist, Kennecott Copper Corporation, Denver, Colorado 1960-61; assistant professor of geology, University of Colorado 1961-64; assistant professor of geophysics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology 1965-68; associate professor of physics, University of Toronto 1968-71 (professor of physics 1971-85; chairman, department of geology 1972-80; professor, department of geology 1972-85; vice-president and provost 1980-83; president 1983-84); chief, geophysics branch, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Johnson Space Centre (Houston) 1970-72 (chief, physics branch 1972-73; acting chief, planetary and earth science division 1973); visiting professor, department of geology, University of Houston 1971-73. Chairman/president/member of numerous councils/committees.

Education and qualifications : University of Toronto (BA, MA, PhD). Professional engineer. Fellow of : Royal Astronomical Society; Royal Society of Canada; National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) medal for exceptional scientific achievement; Virgil Kauffman gold medal, Society of Exploration Geophysicists; Izaak Walton Killam memorial scholarship; Logan gold medal, Geological Association of Canada; J. Tuzo Wilson medal, Canadian Geophysical Union; Korean Government; First Order of Civil Merit; Order of Canada; Vancouver Board of Trade; Community Leadership Award.

Honorary degrees/honorary fellowships, etc : DSc Memorial University of Newfoundland, DSc McGill University, DSc Ritsumeiken University (Japan), DSc University of Toronto; DLittS Victoria University, Toronto; DAgSc Tokyo University of Agriculture; LLD Wilfrid Laurier University; LLD University of British Columbia. Honorary Professor of : Changchun College of Geology, Jilin Province (China); Guilin College of Geology (China).

Publications : author or co-author of 165 scientific papers and one book.

Address : Canada Foundation for Innovation, 350 Albert Street, Suite 1510, P.O. Box 77,

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada K1R 1A4 Telephone : (613) 947-7260 Fax : (613) 943-0227



OTTAWA, April 16, 1998…Dr. John Evans, Chair of the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. David W. Strangway as President and CEO of the Foundation. Dr. Strangway succeeds the CFI’s founding President, the late Dr. J. Keith Brimacombe.

"Dr. Strangway is widely recognized for his leadership, his commitment to excellence, and his contributions to Canadian innovation," said Dr. Evans. "He brings to the position an impressive track record in scientific research and as president of a leading research university. His vision will no doubt help ensure that the CFI contributes to building Canada’s capacity for innovation. Dr. Strangway’s first priority will be to lead the strategy aimed at strengthening partnership support for our research institutions from the private and voluntary sectors, as well as from governments."

Dr. Strangway is past President and Vice-chancellor of the University of British Columbia, where he is credited with developing the institution’s worldwide reputation for research excellence. He previously worked as a geophysical specialist for the United Nations, the National Aeronautic and Space Administration (NASA), and for a number of leading world companies. Dr. Strangway has served as Chair of the Geology Department at the University of Toronto from 1973 to 1980. He also served as Vice-president and acting President of the University of Toronto from 1980 to 1985, when he accepted the position of President at UBC.

"Dr. Strangway’s vast research experience and his deep understanding of the workings of government and the private sector have made him the best candidate to build the partnerships needed to successfully fulfill the CFI mandate," said Dr. David Pink, Professor of Physics at St. Francis Xavier University, and a member of the Governance and Nominating Committee of the CFI’s Board of Directors.


Updated January 25, 2001

Last updated: November 2009