David was a partner of Collins Barrow Ottawa LLP. He has worked primarily in the federal and local government (municipalities, school boards, and hospitals) sectors. David also provided guidance and advice to his partners and their clients with respect to difficult and unusual public sector audit and accounting issues.
David is past Chair of the Public Sector Accounting Board (PSAB) of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants (CICA) now (CPAC). He has been associated with PSAB for over 20 years as the chair of PSAB, a member of PSAB, its predecessor PSAAB or as a task force chair. He has worked closely with many of the auditor generals and comptrollers of the federal and provincial governments in the development of accounting policies for use by governments in Canada. David chaired the task force that developed the background, associates’ exposure draft, exposure draft and recommendations respecting the financial reporting entity (PSAB 1300).
David was elected a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario in 1979 and he was president of the Public Accountants Council for the Province of Ontario in 1996/97.
David has many management skills gained through his involvement on many significant government assignments and professional committees. He has been on the leading edge of the development of accountability frameworks including the design of performance reporting involving the measurement of outcomes as well as outputs.
Subsequent to his retirement from public practice, David was appointed to the Ottawa Transition Board which was charged with developing the plan for the amalgamation of the Regional Municipality of Ottawa Carleton with all of its lower tier municipalities which commenced operations January 1, 2001.