Canadian Who's Who Bio


The Right Honourable David Lloyd JOHNSTON C.C., C.M.M., C.D., F.R.S.C.(hon), F.R.C.P.S.C.(hon)


Born: June 28th, 1941
Place of Birth: Sudbury, Ontario
Parents: Lloyd Allen and Dorothy (Stonehouse) Johnston
Marital Status:Married
Spouse or Life Partner:Sharon, daughter of Reid Downey 29 Aug. 1964
Children:Alexandra, Catherine, Deborah, Jenifer, Sharon

  • English
  • French

  • Sault College Institute, 1959
  • Harvard University, A.B., 1963
  • Cambridge University, LL.B., 1965
  • Queen's University, LL.B., 1966

  • Occupation:
    • Former Governor General Of Canada, Lawyer, Educator, University Administrator
  • Field of Endeavor:
    • Government and Politics
  • Previous Positions:
    • Asst. Prof. of Law, Queen's Univ. 1966–68
    • Asst. Prof. of Law, Univ. of Toronto 1968, Assoc. Prof. 1969, Prof. 1972
    • Dean & Prof. of Law, Univ. of Western Ont. 1974–79
    • Principal & Vice-Chancellor, McGill Univ. 1979–94, Prof. of Law 1979–99
    • Pres., Univ. of Waterloo 1999–2010; Governor General and Commander-in-Cheif of Canada 2010–17
    • former Barrister & Solicitor, Supreme Court of Ont.
    • Comnr., Ont. Securities Comn. 1972–79
    • Pres., Assn. of Univ. & Coll. of Canada 1985–87
    • Chair, National Round Table on the Environment & the Economy 1988–91
    • mem., Harvard Univ. Bd. 1992–98 (Chair 1997–98)
    • Chair, Information Highway Advisory Council 1994–97
    • Cdn. Inst. for Advanced Rsch. 1994–99
    • NeuroScience Centre of Excellence 1994–99
    • Special Advr. to the Prime Minister of Canada 2007–08
    • Chancellor and Principal Companion of the Order of Canada 2010–
    • Founder, My Giving Moment multi-media campaign 2013
    • Founder, Rideau Hall Foundation 2014


  • Author
    • Canadian Securities Regulation
    • Business Associations
    • Canadian Companies and the Stock Exchange
    • Business Associations 3rd ed.
    • Getting Canada On-Line
    • If Quebec Goes
    • Cyberlaw: What You Need to Know About Doing Business Online
    • Communications in Law in Canada
    • Halsbury's Law of Canada
    • The Idea of Canada
    • Ingenious
  • Co-Author
    • Canadian Securities Regulation - Supplement

  • Religious Affiliations
    • Anglican
  • Recreation
    • cycling
    • skiing
    • skating

See biography below.


JOHNSTON, The Right Hon. David Lloyd, C.C., C.M.M., C.D., F.R.S.C.(hon), F.R.C.P.S.C.(hon); former Governor General of Canada, lawyer, educator, university administrator; b. Copper Cliff, Ont. 28 June 1941; s. Lloyd Allen and Dorothy (Stonehouse) Johnston; m. Sharon d. Reid Downey 29 Aug. 1964; children: Deborah, Alexandra, Sharon, Jenifer, Catherine; 14 grandchildren; e. Sault Coll. Inst.; Harvard Univ. A.B. 1963; Cambridge Univ. LL.B. 1965; Queen's Univ. LL.B. 1966; Asst. Prof. of Law, Queen's Univ. 1966–68; Asst. Prof. of Law, Univ. of Toronto 1968, Assoc. Prof. 1969, Prof. 1972; Dean & Prof. of Law, Univ. of Western Ont. 1974–79; Principal & Vice-Chancellor, McGill Univ. 1979–94, Prof. of Law 1979–99; Pres., Univ. of Waterloo 1999–2010; Governor General and Commander-in-Cheif of Canada 2010–17; former Barrister & Solicitor, Supreme Court of Ont.; has served on num. prov. and federal task forces and cttes.; former bd. mem. of num. companies incl. Arise, CGI, Fairfax, and Masco; Comnr., Ont. Securities Comn. 1972–79; Pres., Assn. of Univ. & Coll. of Canada 1985–87; former Pres., Conférence des recteurs et des principaux des universités du Québec; Founding Chair, Nat. Round Table on the Environ. & the Econ. 1988–91; mem., Harvard Univ. Bd. of Overseers 1992–98 (Chair 1997–98, first non-U.S. chairperson); Chair, Information Highway Advisory Council 1994–97, Cdn. Inst. for Advanced Rsch. 1994–99, NeuroScience Centre of Excellence 1994–99; Founder, My Giving Moment national campaign 2013, Rideau Hall Fdn. 2014; academic specializations incl. securities regulation, information tech. and corporate law; 25 publ. books, incl. author: Canadian Securities Regulation 1977 (co-author: Supplement 1982), Business Associations 1979, 3rd ed. 1994, Canadian Companies and the Stock Exchange 1980, If Quebec Goes 1995, Getting Canada On-Line 1995, Cyberlaw: What You Need to Know About Doing Business Online 1997, Communications in Law in Canada 2000, Halsbury's Law of Canada 2007, The Idea of Canada 2016, Ingenious 2017; honours: twice selected for All-American Hockey Team; Inductee, Harvard Varsity Club Hall of Fame 1963; Law Soc. Upper Canada LL.D. 1979; Officer, Order of Canada 1988, Companion 1997, Chancellor and Principal Companion 2010–17, Extraordinary Companion 2017; Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal 2002, Diamond Jubilee Medal 2012; Commander of the Order of Military Merit 2010, Chancellor and Commander 2010–13, Chancellor and Extraordinary Commander 2013–17, Extraordinary Commander 2017; Commander of the Order of Merit of the Police Forces 2010, Chancellor and Commander 2010–17; Hon. Fellow, Royal Soc. of Canada 2010; Hon. Fellow, Royal Coll. of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada 2012; 25 Hon. Doctorates and num. hon. military appointments; Anglican; languages: English, French; recreation: cycling, skiing, skating; Office: Rideau Hall, 1 Sussex Dr., Ottawa ON  K1A 0A1.