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David MacKinnon

David MacKinnon

2pm Thursday, June 22

BMO Community Room, Halifax Central Library

RSVP required due to limited seating. Email: [email protected]  


Mr. MacKinnon will take stock of the challenges facing Atlantic Canada, specifically Nova Scotia, and talk about what we can do to change. He has written extensively on our regional dependence on transfers, and how we can develop our economy to change this approach. He will also touch on our healthcare challenges, as healthcare continues to be a major issue of public policy, and the largest line item in most budgets.



Mr. MacKinnon is a frequent commentator on Canadian fiscal issues. He has spoken to audiences across Ontario and his work has appeared in the Globe and Mail, the Toronto Star, the National Post and many local newspapers across Canada. He has also been a guest on The Agenda on TVO, the BNN and other national public affairs programs.

Mr. MacKinnon is a native of Prince Edward Island. He was awarded a Bachelor of Arts degree (honours economics) from Dalhousie University and an MBA from York University. He was also awarded a Centennial Fellowship by the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce and York University to study at York, Harvard and Oxford Universities as well as the European Institute of Business Studies.

Mr. MacKinnon served as Director, Planning and Economics and Executive Director, Development Strategy in the Nova Scotia Department of Development from 1977 to 1981. He later served in several senior capacities in the Ontario Ministry of Finance, the Bank of Montreal and as CEO of the Ontario Hospital Association from 1996 to 2003. He was CEO of the Ontario Development Corporation, Ontario’s principal economic development agency, from 1986 to 1993.

He currently serves as Treasurer of Quinte Health Care, a four-site community hospital in Eastern Ontario and is a Past Chair, West Park Healthcare Center, a Toronto rehabilitation hospital. He is also a member of the boards of the Canadian Standards Association and Loyalist college in Belleville. In the past, he has served as a Governor and Chair of the Finance Committee at the Ontario College of Physicians and Surgeons.

RSVP required due to limited seating. Email: [email protected]