Ex-law professor named Governor General
Alumnus and former law professor David Johnston (Law’66, LLD’91) has been named Canada’s next Governor-General. He will start his term in September.
He is currently President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Waterloo. His academic specializations are securities regulation, corporation law, and information technology law.
After receiving his law degree from Queen’s in 1966, he taught in the Faculty of Law for two years, before moving to academic positions at U of T, Western, and McGill. He was Principal and Vice-Chancellor of McGill from 1979 to 1994, and took up his current position at Waterloo in 1999.
He has served on a number of provincial and federal task forces and committees. In 2008, he was appointed by Prime Minister Harper as an independent advisor to conduct an impartial review of the financial dealings between former Prime Minister Brian Mulroney and Karlheinz Schreiber.