David Kinsman – Past Chair

Joined the DSYTC Board in 2007 and is a member of the Executive Committee.

Originally from the Annapolis Valley of Nova Scotia, David graduated from Acadia University in 1966 and spent the next 34 years as a pilot in the Canadian Forces. He retired as Commander of the Canadian Air Force in 2000 holding the rank of Lieutenant General. In the following year, he was appointed as Executive Director of the Canadian Transportation Safety Board, a position he held until July 2006. Following retirement from full-time employment, David successfully completed a year-long professional coaching certification program. He now works with executive clients in both the Public Service and private industry, supporting them in realizing their aspirations for a successful and gratifying professional and personal life.

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David became a Director on the Dave Smith Youth Treatment Centre (DSYTC) Board in 2007. In November 2012, he was voted in as Chair of the Board. Those years have been both exciting and demanding as the organization was mandated to merge with another treatment centre, to implement a leading-edge residential treatment clinical model, and to lead the initiative to construct and operate a new 30-bed treatment facility in Ottawa. Since becoming Chair, David has also placed particular emphasis on establishing an effective governance structure for the Board of Directors, recruiting individuals who are genuinely motivated to operate under the highest standards in support of the vital mission of residential youth treatment in this community.