David Northcott has been the Executive Director of Winnipeg Harvest Food Bank since 1984, with a short break from 2004 to 2007 to run for federal office and take part in a food study tour of Africa. David is actively involved in the community and is a founder of the Canadian Association of Food Banks and the Manitoba Association of Food Banks.
In addition to his involvement with the Vanier Institute’s Board of Directors (as Past Chair), David serves on the Boards of the Winnipeg Poverty Reduction Council, Food Banks Canada Network Council, Manitoba Association of Food Banks (as Past Chair) and the Lady Bug Foundation.
For his efforts in the poverty field, David Northcott was named a member of the Order of Manitoba in 2000 and received the Queen’s Canada 125 Medal for Community Service. David was also an NGO member of the Canadian delegation to the UN’s Second World Food Summit in 2002. In May 2012, David received the Order of Canada from His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, at Rideau Hall. The University of Manitoba recognized David’s work with poverty and hunger in the community with a Distinguished Service Award in 2014.
David’s educational background includes a BSC in Physics from the University of British Columbia (1976) and a Certificate of NGOs Management from the University of Manitoba, along with many continuing education opportunities that add to his extensive knowledge base.
David has an active and passionate commitment to food security issues and human rights. He is married with three adult daughters and three young grandchildren, who keep his life busy.