The Council of Ontario Universities (COU) provides a forum for Ontario’s universities to collaborate and advocate in support of their shared mission to the benefit and prosperity of students, communities and the province of Ontario.

David Lindsay - President and CEO

President’s Bio

Appointed President and CEO of the Council of Ontario Universities in January 2016, David Lindsay is committed to a strong postsecondary education system that advances the contributions of universities for the success of our students, the betterment of our economy and the vitality of our communities.

David works with government, business and other key stakeholders to help our students and the province adapt and thrive in tomorrow’s changing world.

He has a wealth of public policy experience and a proven track record in the leadership of public sector organizations. He was most recently the President and CEO of the Forest Products Association of Canada. Before this, he was a senior Deputy Minister in the Government of Ontario serving in the portfolios of Energy and Infrastructure, Northern Development, Mines and Forestry, Natural Resources, and Tourism and Culture.

David served as President and CEO of Colleges Ontario and was the founding President of the Ontario SuperBuild Corporation and the Ontario Jobs and Investment Board. He also served as Principal Secretary and Chief of Staff to the Premier of Ontario.

A Fellow of the Queen’s University School of Policy Studies, David has also been a past Director of the Ireland Park Foundation, the Ontario Innovation Trust, the World Wildlife Fund, the Canadian Tourism Commission, the Public Policy Forum, and the Empire Club of Canada.


Chair’s Bio

Dr. Daniel Woolf became the 20th Principal and Vice-Chancellor of Queen’s University in 2009, following a professional and administrative career at four other Canadian universities. He is also a professor in the Department of History at Queen’s.

Woolf began his academic career at Queen’s, earning a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in 1980 before continuing on to Oxford University where he earned his Doctorate (D.Phil ’83). He returned to Queen’s as a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) postdoctoral fellow (’84-’86), during which time he taught in the Queen’s history department.

Woolf is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, of the Society of Antiquaries of London, and of the Royal Society of Canada (RSC). As a scholar, he specializes in early modern British cultural history and in the history of historical thought in Britain and around the world. In 2004, he won the John Ben Snow Foundation Prize, awarded by the North American Conference on British Studies for the best book by a North American scholar in any field of British Studies focusing on the period between the Middle Ages and the 18th century. He is the author or editor of many books and articles and serves on a number of academic editorial or advisory committees.

Woolf serves on the Board of Directors of Historica Canada and is a past member of the Executive Committee of the Royal Society. He is the current Chair of the Council of Ontario Universities.