David Johnston

David Lloyd Johnston, CC ( born June 28, 1941 in Sudbury, Ontario ) is a Canadian legal scholar and author. Johnston is on October 1, 2010, the 28th Governor General of Canada. Thus, it is representative of Canada's head of state, Queen Elizabeth II, as well as ex officio Commander-in -Chief of the Canadian Forces. Previously, he was principal of McGill University and president of the University of Waterloo.


Johnston, the son of the owner of a household goods store, went in Sault St. Marie to school. He studied law at Harvard University and graduated in 1963 as Bachelor of Arts. During his time at Harvard he was captain of the Harvard Crimson, the ice hockey team of the University; twice he was admitted to the All-American team. He made ​​friends with Erich Segal - the figure Davey in Segal's best-selling novel Love Story is based on Johnston.

1965 Johnston graduated from the University of Cambridge with a Bachelor of Laws from, in the following year at Queen 's University in Kingston. In 1966 he began at Queen 's University to work as an assistant professor and moved two years later to the University of Toronto where he has been full Professor. From 1974 to 1979 he served as Dean of the Law Faculty of the University of Western Ontario. Then followed the appointment as Rector of McGill University in Montreal. After fifteen years in office he remained there as a professor of law, appointed him to the University of Waterloo in 1999 as its president. His scientific publications deal with financial market regulation, corporate law, public policy and the law in the field of information technology. Johnston is married and has five daughters.

The television was Johnston Moderator various political debates, the first time before the general election in 1979 the debate between the party leaders Pierre Trudeau, Joe Clark and Ed Broadbent. Five years later, he led before the general election in 1984 the debate between Brian Mulroney, John Turner and Ed Broadbent. In 1987, he led before the provincial elections in Ontario, the debate between David Peterson, Bob Rae and Larry Grossman. Johnston ran from the late 1980s on behalf of the federal and provincial governments several commissions, particularly in the area of information technology. He also served on the boards of several companies, including Fairfax Financial, CGI, saving Aerospace, Seagram and Canada Trust.

On July 8, 2010 Prime Minister Stephen Harper was announced that Queen Elizabeth II had his proposal to appoint Johnston Governor General accepted. On 1 October 2010 he joined the successor to Michaëlle Jean.

Major works

  • Cases and Materials on Corporate Finance and Securities Law (1967 )
  • Computers and Law (1968 )
  • Cases and Materials on Company Law (1969 )
  • Cases and Materials on Securities Law (1971 )
  • Business Associations (1979 )
  • Canadian Companies and the Stock Exchange ( 1980)
  • Canadian Securities Regulation (1982, 2003, 2006 )
  • Partnerships and Canadian Business Corporations, Volumes 1 and 2 (1983, 1989, 1992)
  • If Quebec Goes ... The Real Cost of Separation (1995 )
  • Getting Canada Online: Understanding the Information Highway (1995 )
  • Cyberlaw (1997)
  • Communications in Law in Canada (2000)
  • Halsbury 's Law of Canada (2007)