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David J. Scott

Polar Knowledge Canada
President and CEO

Dr. David J. Scott is the President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Polar Knowledge Canada. He joined the organization as Executive Director of the former Canadian Polar Commission in March 2012, and co-led the recent merger of the Canadian Polar Commission with the Canadian High Arctic Research Station initiative. Dr. Scott had a long career with the Geological Survey of Canada (GSC), culminating as Director, Northern Canada Division. Prior to that, he was acting Director General, Planning and Operations Branch, and led the GSC's Gas Hydrates and Northern Resources Development programs. From 1999-2003, he was based in Iqaluit, Nunavut, as the founding Chief Geologist of the Canada-Nunavut Geoscience Office. Dr. Scott holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Geology (McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada) and a PhD in Geological Sciences (Queen's University, Kingston, Canada) where his thesis research investigated the tectonic origin of two-billion year old oceanic crust in Arctic Quebec.  He was a Research Associate in uranium-lead geochronology at the GEOTOP laboratories of the University of Quebec at Montreal and has published and presented over 80 technical papers.