David Hughes

Special Advisor and Senior Fellow

David Hughes is the President & CEO of The Natural Step Canada, the Executive Co-Chair of the Circular Economy Leadership Coalition, and a Steering Committee member of the organization’s Energy Futures Lab. He is highly regarded as a strategic leader with a strong track record of scaling the impact of some of Canada's leading charities. David served as President & CEO of both Habitat for Humanity Canada and Pathways to Education Canada during periods of unprecedented growth and transformation. Prior to that he spent 10 years working with the international headquarters of the SOS Children's Villages (SOS Kinderdorf International) which included postings to Africa, Asia, Europe, USA and the United Nations. Other management roles have included serving as President of AIESEC Canada and Sr. VP of YMCA Canada. He holds an economics degree from the University of Western Ontario and a postgraduate degree in social policy and non-profit management from the London School of Economics (LSE). He also serves as an active member of the Smart Prosperity Leaders’ Initiative and on the board of directors of The Climate Reality Project Canada.