David Atkinson is the President of Grant MacEwan University. With a career marked by a commitment to student engagement, Dr. Atkinson brings significant experience as a passionate educator, president of three Canadian universities, and an active participant in both the academic and non-academic communities.
Dr. Atkinson obtained his MA and PhD (English) from the University of Calgary. He taught for 15 years at the University of Lethbridge until his appointment as Dean of Arts and Science at the University of Saskatchewan. Subsequently, he served as president for Brock University (St. Catharines, Ont.), Carleton University (Ottawa, Ont.) and, most recently, Kwantlen Polytechnic University (Surrey, B.C.).
An accomplished academic and researcher, Dr. Atkinson has published four books and over 90 essays and reviews. He was Visiting Professor at Hokkaigakuen University in Sapporo, Japan, and has served as reviewer and referee for various journal and granting councils. He currently holds an academic appointment as Professor of English at MacEwan University.
Dr. Atkinson is a Paul Harris Fellow of Rotary International and a recipient of the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal. He has served on the boards of numerous national and international organizations, and is currently a board member of the Edmonton Downtown Business Association and the Edmonton International Airport Business Advisory Committee.