David Barnard became President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Manitoba on July 1, 2008.
His career includes serving at the University of Regina as President and Vice-Chancellor (1998−2005) after being Vice-President (Administration) and Controller (1996−1998). He previously spent 19 years at Queen’s University where he was a Professor of Computing and Information Science and assumed several increasingly senior administrative roles, including Associate to the Vice-Principals Research, Human Services and Resources at various times. In 2005-08 he was COO of iQmetrix.
Dr. Barnard holds B.Sc., M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in computer science from the University of Toronto, a Dip.C.S. in theological studies from Regent College, University of British Columbia and a LL.M. from Osgoode Hall, York University. His research has been supported by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, international agencies and industry. Dr. Barnard was invested into the Order of Manitoba.
Dr. Barnard has extensive board experience including at the Bank of Canada (lead director), the Saskatchewan Provincial Court Commission (chair), Saskatchewan Power Corporation (chair), Canadian Scholarship Trust Foundation, Royal Society of Canada, Ground Effects Environmental Services, Superior Cabinets, Canada West Foundation, Canadian Research Knowledge Network (chair), CentreVenture Development Corporation, St. Boniface General Hospital, and Universities Canada (chair) and CentrePort Canada Greystone Managed Investments and the Manitoba Electoral Divisions Boundaries Commission. Currently, he is a member of the boards of Payments Canada, Order of Manitoba Advisory Council and World University Service of Canada.