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President, FedEx Canada

When David Binks turned up for his first day of work at Lex Wilkinson, a UK parcel carrier, in 1983, he would never have imagined that the company would, in 1986, be acquired by Federal Express and that, in June 2006, he would become President of FedEx’s Canadian region.

In between those first days at Lex Wilkinson and his appointment to President of FedEx Express Canada, David gained a great deal of global experience developing and executing successful strategies for revenue growth, profitability, customer experience, brand awareness and corporate reputation building. His career has taken him from the UK to separate posts in Brussels, Belgium and now a second stint in Toronto, Canada, holding a range of positions including managing director of business analysis, VP of marketing, VP of customer service and VP of sales.

David shares the FedEx belief that educating and inspiring leaders is vital to our future. He attributes positive role models, such as past bosses, colleagues and business peers throughout his career as a key factor in his development as a leader, and has taken on an active role in championing the cause at FedEx. That includes supporting the work that FedEx does to help recruit volunteers and raise awareness for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada and their In-School Mentoring program. Since 2005, FedEx support for In-School Mentoring has contributed to more than 1,400 new volunteer inquiries for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada.

David also sits on the Board of Governors for Junior Achievement of Central Ontario, an organization that provides relevant business programs delivered by volunteers to equip students with the necessary skills to enter tomorrow's work force.

When he is not at FedEx, David is an avid follower of (almost!) all sports, despite his self-confessed “habit” of supporting losing teams. He also enjoys live theatre and music and acknowledges being “one of those people” who will stick around to hear a street busker’s whole set.

David holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from Coventry University, UK, and is a member of the Canadian Council of Chief Executives. He is an authoritative resource on topics such as global trade trends, leadership and related strategic business issues.

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