Board of Directors

Dr. David Walker, Chairman,

David Walker specializes in strategic advisory services with major public and private sector organizations and all levels of government. During his 14-year career as a professor of political science at the University of Winnipeg, he was the author of several articles on Canadian public policy and published The Great Winnipeg Dream in 1979. He was elected to the House of Commons in 1988 and again in 1993 for the riding of Winnipeg North Centre. David Walker served as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance, 1993-96, and later in 1996 was the Chief Federal Representative for the federal/provincial/territorial cross-Canada consultants on the Canada Pension Plan. From 1996-1997 he also served as Chair of the House of Commons Industry Committee. Dr. Walker’s broad experience working with government, crown corporations, private sector and regulated environments makes him a key member of PIPE, particularly the work on nuclear-related files.

Dr. Jino Distasio, Vice-Chairman, Associate Vice-President, Research and Innovation, University of Winnipeg,

Professor Jino Distasio is the University of Winnipeg’s Associate Vice-president, Research and Innovation. He has also served as Director of the Institute of Urban Studies since 2003. For over a decade, Jino has worked extensively in Winnipeg’s inner city as well as exploring broader Canadian and global urban issues. During this period he has been actively engaged in well over 100 projects, publications and community initiatives. At present, he is co-coordinating the Winnipeg component of the At Home Chez Soi study of homelessness and mental health in Canadian cities.

Dr. Distasio has served on the Mayor’s Rapid Transit Taskforce, the Zoning Advisory Committee, and the Downtown Housing Strategy. He also helped produce Winnipeg’s first urban Aboriginal housing plan in partnership with the Manitoba Urban Native Housing Association. In 2010 he joined the boards of the Westminster Housing Society and Habitat for Humanity. As well he was appointed to the Canadian Commission for the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as a member of the Natural, Social and Human Sciences Sectoral Commission. As a faculty member in the Department of Geography, Jino has actively taught on urban issues.

Chris Saunders, President of Acsion Industries,

Chris Saunders is President of Acsion Industries. Before joining Acsion, Mr. Saunders was with Atomic Energy of Canada Limited, providing project management and consulting services in the field of radiation safety and industrial radiation processing. He has over 25 years experience providing engineering and consulting services for international companies and also represented Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs at the International Atomic Energy Agency as an expert on technology transfers to developing countries.