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David Birnbaum

David Birnbaum



Born in Montréal in 1956
Spouse of Hélène Charbonneau and father of two children, Zoë (21) and Vincent (16)


  • Bachelor’s degree in journalism, Concordia University, Montréal (1982)
  • Diploma of College Studies, Dawson College, Montréal (1975)

Professional Experience

  • Director general, Quebec English School Boards Association (2004-2014)
  • Director general, Canadian Jewish Congress, Québec region (1999-2004)
  • Director general, Québexpertise (1998-1999)
  • Senior partner, Kelly & Aylen, advertising and public relations (1998-1999)
  • Director general, Alliance Québec (1989-1998)
  • Communications officer, Protestant School Board of Greater Montreal (1983-1989)
  • Journalist, The Gazette (1982-1983)

Community and Political Involvement

  • Coordinator of the organizing committee for the annual conventions of the Canadian School Boards Association (2006 and 2012)
  • Member of the Canadian advisory committee on official languages (2010)
  • Member of the Groupe d’action sur la persévérance et la réussite scolaires (2008-2014)
  • Member of the board of directors of Centraide of Greater Montreal (2008-2013)
  • Member of the Advisory Committee on Integration and Reasonable Accomodation in the Schools (2007)
  • Member of the governing board of the Catherine-Soumillard school (2000)
  • Member of the Groupe de concertation sur les travailleurs autonomes of the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal (1998)
  • Coordinator of a task force on the employment of young English-speaking Quebecers (1996)
  • Big Brother (1977-1987)