David King

Former Alberta Minister of Education & Chairman of Council, Ministers of Education for Canada


David King is a well-known former Alberta Minister of Education (1979 – 1986) and Chairman (for one year) of the Council of Ministers of Education of Canada.  He was a recipient of the Queen’s Golden Jubilee medallion in 2002 and was honoured as a “Friend of Public Education” by both the Alberta Teachers’ Association and the Canadian Teachers’ Federation (in 2010).

In 2016, the Edmonton Public School District announced that a new K-9 school would be named the “David Thomas King” school.  David has written and spoken widely in support of public education across Canada and internationally.  His focus is on school boards telling their story in order to stay connected with their communities and to build support for district initiatives.

My Session

Plenary Session – Minding the “Public” in Public Education

Macdonald A/B/C/D

Public education, as Canadians understand it, is an unusual phenomenon globally and, in each province, it is unique when compared to all other ‘delivery systems.’ This presentation will explore what makes public education unique, vital and attractive, with a focus on the implications of this reality for trusteeship. The session will include opportunities for discussion […]