David Sweanor

PResident, Advisory Committee, Centre for Health Law, Policy and Ethics, University of Ottawa. Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa. His primary political involvement has been spearheading the development of efforts to reduce cigarette smoking in Canada and around the world. He has done this as legal counsel to health activist groups, advisor to a wide range of entities and in numerous publications, media interviews and speeches. He has worked with organizations such as the World Health Organization, the World Bank, the Pan American Health Organization , the International Union Against Cancer and numerous governments, foundations, law firms and non-governmental organizations. His efforts have spanned fiscal policy, advertising restrictions, package warnings, protection from environmental tobacco smoke, smoking cessation interventions, litigation, product regulation , and harm reduction initiatives.

He has testified before congressional committees at the federal and provincial levels in Canada, as well as in other countries, and before both Senate and House committees in the United States of America. He has also received several awards for his work, including the Pan American Health Organization’s “Public Health Hero ” Lifetime Achievement Award. David lives in Ottawa and engages in extensive volunteer and philanthropic work that focuses on an eclectic variety of topics. But they are still dominated by an interest in public policy interventions that increase length and quality of life.