David Morrison is currently the Foreign and Defence Policy Advisor to the Prime Minister and Deputy Minister at the Privy Council Office (since January 7, 2019). He is also the Prime Minister’s Personal Representative for the G7.
Prior to that, Mr. Morrison was Associate Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs. He previously served as Assistant Deputy Minister (Americas) and Chief Development Officer at Global Affairs Canada (GAC), and Senior Vice-President at the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA).
David began his career with the UN Development Programme in North Korea in the late 1980s. He served as a political officer at the Canadian Embassy in Havana (1991 – 94), and as a Director and Member of the Executive Board at the World Economic Forum in Geneva (1995 – 99), where he was responsible for the program of the annual summit in Davos.
From 1999 – 2012 David held several positions in the UN system in New York, including Executive Secretary of the UN Capital Development Fund, and Spokesperson and Director of Communications for the UN Development Programme. He was also Founding President of NetAid, a partnership between the UN and Cisco Systems to use the Internet to fight global poverty.
Mr. Morrison holds a Master of Philosophy degree from the University of Oxford and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Yale University. He has been a Contributing Editor to Foreign Policy Magazine and a consultant for the Mexico Business Summit, the UN Foundation and the World Economic Forum. He lives in Ottawa with his two children.