Universities Canada board director
Dr. David Turpin is president and vice-chancellor of the University of Alberta since July 2015.
Dr. Turpin is a director on the board of Universities Canada and serves on the association’s Research Committee.
He has held several leadership roles, including president of the University of Victoria (2000-2013), vice-principal academic (1995-2000) and dean of the Faculty of Arts and Science at Queen’s University (1993-1995), and head of the Department of Botany at the University of British Columbia (1991-1993).
Dr. Turpin has served on many national and international academic bodies and is currently chair of the board of the World University Service of Canada. A distinguished scholar and researcher in plant biochemistry and physiology, Dr. Turpin has earned many honours and distinctions for his research, teaching, and service to the community. He was awarded the Steacie Memorial Fellowship in 1989, the Queen’s Golden Jubilee medal in 2002, and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012, and is a member of the Order of Canada and a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. In June 2015, he received an honorary doctor of laws degree from the University of Manitoba.
He holds a BSc in cell biology and PhD in botany and oceanography from the University of British Columbia.