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The Honourable David C. Dingwall, P.C., Q.C., ICD.D

The Honourable David C. Dingwall, P.C., Q.C., ICD.D

The Honourable David C. Dingwall, P.C., Q.C., ICD.D

  • Inducted into the Schulich School of Law’s Bertha Wilson Honour Society, 2013
  • Canadian Cancer Society Special Recognition Award, October 1998
  • Honorary Doctorate of Laws, University College of Cape Breton, September 1997
  • Recipient of the Connaught Award presented by the Canadian Lung Association, July 1997
  • Recipient of World Health Organization Tobacco Award, June 1997
  • Queen’s Counsel, March 1997
  • Atlantic Jewish Council: Community Service Award, November 1994
  • Appointed to the Privy Council, November 1993

The Hon. David Dingwall is highly regarded for his substantial, in-depth experience in both the private and public sectors, at both the national and international level. He was elected to the Parliament of Canada on four different occasions, and has engaged in business activities throughout Canada and the United States, as well as Australia, China, Japan, Sweden, Israel, Thailand, the United Arab Emirates, and Barbados, to name but a few. Drawing on a background that integrates such notable occupations as lawyer, national public figure, corporate CEO, Corporate Director, and distinguished public speaker, David brings a unique and considerable perspective to the issues of the modern enterprise.

David's practice consists of corporate governance, public policy, corporate/commercial, and alternate dispute resolution, including negotiation, mediation, domestic and international arbitration. He has been appointed as Arbitrator to the Shanghai International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (Shanghai International Arbitration Centre, SHIAC). He was also appointed to the Panel of International Commercial Arbitrators by the ICC National Committee of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, and is a Founding Member of the Toronto Arbitrators' Society.

Mr. Dingwall is currently a Board Member of the Canada/China Business Council, Royal Host Inc., Canadian Heart and Stroke Foundation, Co-Director of the Institute on Canada/China Business Development, Ryerson University, the Canadian Bar Association, and The Advocates' Society. Mr. Dingwall is the host of the Ryerson Negotiation Project.


  • SHIAC, Shanghai International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission, appoints The Honourable David C. Dingwall, P.C., Q.C., ICD.D as Arbitrator on its international panel.
  • The Canada China Business Council (CCBC) appoints The Honourable David C. Dingwall, P.C., Q.C. to its Board of Directors.
  • The ICC National Committee of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce appoints The Honourable David C. Dingwall, P.C., Q.C. to the Panel of International Commercial Arbitrators.
  • Founding Member of the Toronto Arbitrators' Society.
  • As Canada's Health Minister, introduced and passed the Tobacco Control Act, in 1997; a major achievement recognized by the World Health Organization and the Canadian Lung Association respectively.
  • Royal Canadian Mint, President and CEO. Provided leadership nationally and internationally to drive the revenue line, creating hundreds of new jobs and earned a reputation as a world leader in innovation. The Poppy Coin, the World's first coloured coin, was created under Mr. Dingwall's leadership.
  • Former Chairman and Director of Trustees for Rogers Sugar Income Fund, Director of Web Standards Inc., Director of MD Life Insurance Ltd., Executive Member of St. Joseph Corporation, and a member of the advisory board for State Street Global Advisors.
  • Served as CEO of an international consulting company providing strategic communication and government relations advice to large and medium size corporations.
  • Presently Chairman and CEO of The Darius Group Inc., a corporation that champions the growth of companies and works closely with executives to clarify personal and institutional goals, and achieve stated objectives.
  • Elected to the Parliament of Canada on four different occasions.
  • Actively involved in numerous charities.

Mr. Dingwall is the recent author of the book, Negotiating So Everyone Wins, an exploration of the principles and practices used by many of Canada’s top negotiators. A combination of core ideas, real experiences and step-by-step advice, this book provides insight into negotiations ranging from real estate transactions to multi-party agreements and international trade disputes. A compelling and engaging read, this book’s universal content and emphasis make it a useful complement to any negotiation theory.

Negotiating? Check your ego at the door, Globe and Mail

How To Negotiate So Everyone Wins

Practice Areas

  • Regulatory and Administrative Law

Other Practice Areas

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  • Alternate Dispute Resolution
  • Commercial Law
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Corporate Governance
  • Corporate Law
  • Public Policy


  • Chairman and CEO The Darius Group Inc., 2006 – Present
  • Cape Breton University, Shannon School of Business, 2006
  • President and CEO Royal Canadian Mint, 2003 – 2005
  • Chairman and CEO Wallding International Inc., 1997 – 2003
  • Previous Directorships and Advisory Positions,1997 – 2003
  • Law Practice, 1979 – 1980
  • Special Advisor, Attorney General, Nova Scotia, 1974 – 1976
  • Member of Parliament, 1980 – 1997
    Elected to the Parliament of Canada in 1980, and re-elected in 1984, 1988 and 1993

    • Minister of Health, Government of Canada
    • Minister of Public Works and Government Services, Government of Canada
    • Minister Responsible for the Royal Canadian Mint
    • Minister Responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation
    • Minister Responsible for Canada Post Corporation
    • Minister Responsible for Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency


  • Directors Education Program, Rotman School of Management (2013)
  • Advanced Negotiation: Strategies For Lawyers (2010)
    Martin Latz, M. Thomson, and Ian Roland, Toronto, Ontario
  • Effective Negotiation Seminar, Dr. Chester L. Karrass (2009)
    Boston, Massachusetts
  • Advanced Negotiation: Deal Design and Implementation, Harvard Law School, Boston, Massachusetts (June 2008)
  • Certificate in Negotiations, Mediations & Conflict Resolutions, St. Mary’s University, Halifax, Nova Scotia (November 2007)
  • Corporate Governance Training for Directors of Crown Corporations, York University, Toronto, Ontario (May 2004)
  • IT for the Non-IT Executives, MIT, Massachusetts (November 2003)
  • Accounting and Finance for Non-Financial Executives’ Program, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec (October 2002)
  • Making Corporate Boards More Effective Program, Harvard Law School, Harvard University, Massachusetts (July 2001)
  • Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) (1979)
  • Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Bachelor of Commerce (B.Com) (1974)
  • St. Francis Xavier College, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia (1972)

Memberships & Associations

  • The Advocates’ Society
  • Host of the Ryerson Negotiation Project.
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Toronto Arbitrators’ Society (Founding Member)
  • International Bar Association
  • Appointed to the Panel of the International Commercial Arbitrators for The International Chamber of Commerce
  • Member of The Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society
  • Member of The Cape Breton Barristers’ Society
  • Member of the Law Society of Upper Canada
  • Former Board of Directors, Talbot House
  • Former Chairperson, Allen E. Sullivan, Q.C., Public Lecture Series, Cape Breton University

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