Canadian Museum of Nature

Canadian Museum of Nature

May 29, 2009 17:07 ET

Noted Economist Named Chair of Canadian Museum of Nature's Board of Trustees

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 29, 2009) - The Canadian Museum of Nature is pleased to welcome Dr. David E. Bond of Kelowna, British Columbia as Chair of the Board of Trustees.

Dr. Bond was born in Hamilton, Ontario and received his university education in the United States at Dartmouth College and Yale University where he earned his doctorate in economics. He has taught at the universities of Western Ontario, Quebec, and British Columbia and has co-authored books on the impact of US-Canada free trade upon the Canadian furniture industry, as well as a text book on money and banking, now in its third edition. His most recent book Future Perfect: Retirement Strategies for Productive People clearly establishes that retirement is the beginning of a new series of adventures and experiences.

Dr. Bond has had a career in the federal public service followed by positions as Vice President of Public Affairs and Marketing and then Chief Economist for the Hong Kong Bank of Canada (now HSBC Bank Canada), retiring in 1998.

He is past President of the Canadian Association of Broadcasters, past chair of the Board of Simon Fraser University, and past President of the Association of Professional Economists of British Columbia. He has served on the Boards of Langara Community College in Vancouver, the Canada West Foundation, and the Canadian Institute for International affairs, as well as the Advisory committee on the Revision of the Canadian Payments system.

Dr. Bond has a long interest in museums and a profound belief in their importance to Canadian social well-being. He is an Honourary Life Member of the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, the founding President of the Friends of the Canadian Museum of Civilization and past President of the Vancouver Maritime Museum.

"I believe that museums have a vital contribution to make to our current and future well-being-the Canadian Museum of Nature and the other fine natural history museums of this country are uniquely responsible for preserving the physical record and sharing knowledge about Canada's remarkable natural environment. They are invaluable sources of information that is critical to human well-being-the museums' challenge is to share that knowledge in a meaningful way with citizens in all parts of the country. This is particularly challenging as communications technology becomes more sophisticated and competition for the public's attention increases daily," says Dr. Bond. "The Canadian Museum of Nature has been a leader in national service and shares my determination to provide service and benefit to all Canadians. I am delighted to have this opportunity to join the Board and staff at this important juncture, as the Museum begins implementation of its new Strategic Plan and embarks upon the next, important phase in its renewal."

Departing Chair R. Kenneth Armstrong of Peterborough, Ontario offered his warmest wishes to the new Board Chair and to his colleagues and many friends at the Canadian Museum of Nature. "I have been privileged to serve as Trustee and as Chair of this important national institution for the past 13 years. I have the highest regard for President and CEO Joanne DiCosimo, for the exceptional and dedicated staff of this fine museum, and for my colleagues on the Board. I wish the new Chair, Dr. David Bond, every success and I will be applauding as the Museum takes its next giant leap forward in its national service as it proudly reopens the historic downtown exhibition site, the Victoria Memorial Museum Building in central Ottawa, next May 2010."

Contact Information

  • Canadian Museum of Nature
    Dan Smythe
    Senior Media Relations Officer
    613-566-4781
    1-800-263-4433
    dsmythe@mus-nature.ca