David Nostbakken

David Nostbakken is a respected strategist and entrepreneur whose innovative approaches have shaped government policies, mobilized social change and resulted in multi-million dollar funding for ventures that enhance the human condition. He works with domestic and international clients developing “big picture” strategies and practical solutions based on audience research. He is an expert facilitator with a valued reputation as an outside-the-box thinker. David has been at the forefront of many groundbreaking initiatives such as:

• Ecology Global Network, a joint Canada-USA multi-media service on the environment @ ecology.com

• PPN (Power of Peace Network), an experimental UNESCO-supported programme on peace and sustainable development

• The green channel, an environmental television network carried across Canada

• WETV Network, a global network on sustainable development carried worldwide through 50 broadcast partners

• Vision TV, the world’s first multi-faith television network

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Previously held executive posts include: Director of Communications with the International Development Research Centre (IDRC); Founding Executive Director and Chair of Vision TV, the world’s first multi-faith television network; Director of Public Education for the Canadian Cancer Society; and President of the Canadian Council on Smoking and Health. David has served on numerous boards and advisory councils of both public and private sector organizations here and abroad. Among other honours, he has been awarded the Queen’s Jubilee Medal and the Gold Medal from the World Health Organization.

Trained as a teacher, David has a Ph.D. in Educational Theory and Communication from the University of Toronto, where he was teaching assistant to Marshall McLuhan. He currently is a Marshall McLuhan Centenary Visiting Fellow at the Faculty of Information, U of T, and teaches courses in social entrepreneurship at Carleton University’s School of Journalism and Communication and U of T’s iSchool. David has published and lectured around the world and is at work on a book about his journey from Canadian farm-boy to citizen of the world, A Prairie Boy’s Guide to the Global Village.