Dr. David F Woolnough has retired as Director of Applied Research for the Nova Scotia Community College, a position he held since NSCC entered into active applied research in 2000. Prior to that he was principal of the Annapolis Valley Campus of the college. He was responsible for the NSCC’s first CFI application, and supervised the creation of its research Ethics Board, and policies required of an organization to obtain funded research in Canada.
Dr. Woolnough was educated in Scotland, and completed his Masters and Doctorate at UNB, He worked in private industry and government before joining the college in 1980. He is in demand as a consultant in the areas of human resource analysis of geomatics training organizations and in rural community development, and has worked overseas on missions for the federal and provincial governments, working with such groups as the Saudi military and the national mapping organization in the Philippines. He has co-chaired the HRDC national task force on human resources in the geomatics industry; has been a Canadian national representative at Commonwealth conferences and international meetings; is a past president of the Canadian Institute of Geomatics; was a member of the ACCC Task Force on Research and is currently on the staff of the Foundation for Glacial and Environmental Research.
Dr Woolnough holds one of only 37 commissions issued since Confederation as a Dominion Topographical Surveyor; is a honorary member of the Association of Nova Scotia Land Surveyors, and serves on numerous boards and committees, both locally and nationally. He is the author of numerous papers, chapters of books, and has authored one book; has been a staff lecturer at UNB, University of Alberta, Michigan State University, and the University of Glasgow; and is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and the Royal Canadian Geographical Society.
He is currently active as a member of the Board of Governors of the University of New Brunswick, where he chairs the Human Resources Committee and the Executive Compensation Committee, and is also a member of various other committees, including the Executive. He has been a member of numerous Boards and Groups in the province, including the Board of Governors of the Atlantic School of Theology; The Nova Scotia Oceans Initiative; Chaired the Western Valley Development Authority; Member, Federal-provincial committee on Innovation; and a member of NSERC’s regional advisory committee.