Private Credit Council Chair, Senior Advisor
David has accumulated over 35 years of experience in international capital markets in a career that has taken him around the globe. Returning to his native Montreal in 1999, he co-founded Cordiant, a pioneer of private credit financing for investments in emerging and frontier markets with subscriptions over $2.5bn. As Chairman of Cordiant’s Investment Committee, he was directly involved in the analysis and approval of over 200 investments in more than 50 emerging countries.
David is a member of the Government of Canada’s Infrastructure Advisory Group and a founding director of Convergence, a Blended Finance institution launched by the Canadian Government and the World Economic Forum to increase private sector investment in the emerging markets. He is a Senior Advisor and Chair of the Private Credit Council for Washington-based EMPEA and Chairman of the Investment Committee for the BCS Foundation. He is a former director of the US Institute and Chairman of the Canada/ Southern Africa Chamber.
David is an honours graduate from the University of Guelph and a graduate of the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD.D.). He guest lectures at McGill University and is a frequent speaker at conferences and in the media on matters relating to the emerging markets and responsible investment. He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographic Society, a member of the Royal Ocean Racing Club and the Traveler’s Century Club.