David Turpin CM, PhD, FRSC

2014 Ottawa Speaker

David Turpin

David Turpin CM, PhD, FRSC

Speaker and Moderator
Past president and vice-chancellor
University of Victoria

Dr. David H. Turpin is past president and vice-chancellor of the University of Victoria. First appointed in 2000, Dr. Turpin led the university for thirteen years, stepping down in 2013.  Under his leadership, the University of Victoria articulated the vision of being a university of choice for outstanding students, faculty and staff from British Columbia, Canada and around the world.  When Dr. Turpin stepped down the university had the highest proportion of out of province students of any university west of Quebec and a professoriate that attracted one of the highest per capita levels of research funding in Canada.

Dr. Turpin obtained his PhD in botany and oceanography from the University of British Columbia in 1980. Before joining the University of Victoria, he served as vice-principal academic and dean of arts and science at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario. An internationally recognized scholar, Dr. Turpin has been identified as a highly cited researcher by Thomson ISI for his work in the fields of plant biochemistry and physiology. He has received numerous honours and distinctions for his contributions to teaching, research and leadership including the Steacie Fellowship, election to the Royal Society of Canada, the Queen Elizabeth II  Golden and Diamond Jubilee Medals and membership in the Order of Canada.

Dr. Turpin has played a leadership role in the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada and has served on numerous boards and commissions, provincially, nationally and internationally.