Dr David Phipps
After dancing at Canada’s Wonderland while completing his Ph.D., singing in a bunch of choirs and playing flute in a few orchestras (many, many years ago) David finally grew up to become the Executive Director of Research & Innovation Services at York University (Toronto, Canada) where he manages all research grants and contracts including knowledge and technology transfer.
In this capacity he leads York’s award winning Knowledge Mobilization Unit. David has been named the most influential knowledge mobilizer in Canada. In 2012 York’s Knowledge Mobilization Unit was awarded a best practice award from the European-based Knowledge Economy Network. In 2012 he was awarded a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition of his work in knowledge mobilization. He was awarded the 2015 Research Management Excellence Award (Canadian Association of Research Administrators) and 2015 President’s Award for Innovation in Knowledge Mobilization (Institute for Knowledge Mobilization). In 2015 he was named the Gordon and Jean Southam Fellow from the Association of Commonwealth Universities. In 2016 he was awarded…well…that’s enough for now.
He sits on way too many knowledge mobilization committees. He is the Knowledge Translation Lead for Kids Brain Health Network of Centres of Excellence and is the Network Director for Research Impact Canada, Canada’s knowledge mobilization network including 16 universities from across Canada plus the University of Brighton (UK).
And he still dances in the Adult Program of the National Ballet School and tweets as @DavidBallet.