David Lank - Academic, Businessman, Order of Canada Recipient, ‘Sometime’ Thespian

Monday, April 12, 2010 at 6:00 PM

"The America that Vanished: Impact of Environmental Degradation"

David Morris Lank, CM, A.B., F.R.S.A.

Using artwork, photography and texts from the 19th century, Prof. Lank will Illustrate the impact on environmental degradation in North America and its impact on the flora and fauna.

David M. Lank, Director Emeritus of the Dobson Centre for Entrepreneurial Studies in the Desautels Faculty of Management at McGill University is a retired senior partner of Canada’s oldest investment counsel firm. He started his professional career with DuPont International in Geneva, Switzerland in 1960, returning to Canada as Deputy Head of Operations for Expo ‘67, Canada’s World’s Fair. He subsequently served on numerous corporate boards both in the United States, Canada, and Europe. He is currently chairman of the Executive Committee and co-founder of Helix Investments, one of Canada’s premier venture capital organizations.  He served for twenty years as a founding director of Mirabaud Canada, a private Genevese bank.

During a ten-year term as Chairman, he initiated and completed the renovation and major expansion of the McCord Museum of Canadian History. Mr. Lank is past president of the McGill Associates, ex-governor of Lower Canada College and Bishop’s University, past-chairman of the Friends of the Library of Concordia University, former member of the Fine Arts Advisory Board of Concordia, where for five years he taught the history of animal art from cave painting to the present. He was formerly Adjunct Curator of the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. He has served on the boards of Studio de Musique Ancienne de Montréal, I Musici, and the McGill Chamber Orchestra, and numerous other cultural institutions. He is a Fellow of the Explorer’s Club of New York, the Royal Society of Arts in London, formerly a Fellow of the Grolier Club, the American Antiquarian Society and the Angler’s Club. He was Chairman of the Atlantic Salmon Association for 10 years and was recently inducted into the Atlantic Salmon Hall of Fame. He has starred in three major productions at Centaur Theatre and has been featured in numerous TV programs and films.

He received his degree from Princeton University (AB ’60), and attended the Université de Grenoble. He has been a visiting lecturer on numerous subjects at more than fifteen universities. Author of more than 45 books, hundreds of articles and museum catalogues on numerous subjects, he has nevertheless concentrated on natural history and wilderness art. As a member of the selection committee of Animals in Art at the Royal Ontario Museum, he first became aware of the art of Léo-Paul Robert during that ground-breaking exhibition in 1975. In 1985 he gave the New York Historical Society’s lecture celebrating the bi-centennial of the birth of John James Audubon, and in 1998 was the curator of the touring exhibition Audubon’s Wilderness Palette - The Birds of Canada.  In 2000, he furnished most of the material for the catalogue for the British Museum’s retrospective of the work of Joseph Wolf. He has written books on Thomas Bewick, Joseph Wolf, Ray Harris-Ching, George McLean, and Lars Jonsson.

In 1996 he was awarded the Order of Canada.


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