Speaker Profiles

David Walmsley

David Walmsley

Editor-in-chief

The Globe and Mail

David Walmsley was appointed the Editor-in-chief of The Globe and Mail in March 2014. His appointment returned him to The Globe and Mail where he previously worked as the Managing Editor and National Editor. Under his editorship, The Globe and Mail has won the Michener Award, national newspaper awards, top honours among an international field at the global Online Journalism Awards and a series of Eppy awards recognizing digital excellence.

In 2015, David moderated the federal leaders’ election debate on the economy in Calgary, Alberta.

David previously held senior positions at the CBC in Toronto and Ottawa, Toronto Star and National Post.

He began his career at The Belfast Telegraph where he was named Northern Ireland Young Journalist of the Year in 1995. He also worked for The Daily Record in Scotland and The Daily Mail and The Daily Telegraph in London.

He spent 17 years investigating the worst helicopter crash in Royal Air Force history, ultimately helping to clear the names of the two dead pilots. He was associate producer of the related Channel 4 documentary The Final Flight of Zulu Delta 576.

David belongs to a range of industry bodies. In addition to being a Board member of the Canadian Journalism Foundation, David also serves as an advisor to the Digital Media Zone at Ryerson University in Toronto.
He is a member of the International Media Council of the World Economic Forum and serves on the executive steering group of the industry’s Trust Project, thetrustproject.org, organized out of Santa Clara University in California.

He is also a judge of the Shorty Awards in New York City recognizing the best in short-form content on social media.

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