David Hill holds two roles at the University of Lethbridge. He is the jointly appointed Director of Development for the Cor Van Raay Southern Alberta Agribusiness (SAAgB) Program. This initiative brings together and integrates academic training, research and applied research across the University of Lethbridge and Lethbridge College in the areas of agriculture and agribusiness. The SAAgB Program also capitalizes on and enhances existing and new research collaborations with federal, provincial, industry and producer groups in agriculture aa well as creating new opportunities for students to develop their innovation and entrepreneurial skills.
David is also the Director of Centres and Institutes and Research Advocacy for the University of Lethbridge. In this role David assists university research institutes and centres in meeting their goals and objectives, in finding new opportunities for trans-disciplinary collaboration between centres and institutes and between the University of Lethbridge and other national and international research universities and organizations.
David’s focus is to seek out opportunities to mobilize knowledge and expertise to increase the impact of research outcomes to the benefit of community, business and government. He has more than 40 years of experience in water, agriculture and natural resource management. David was a member of the Alberta Water Council for 9 years from its inception until joining the University of Lethbridge in 2012. He is the outgoing Chair of the ASTech Foundation and a member of the Board of Inside Education . He has also served as the Water Policy Co-Chair for the Pacific Northwest Economic Region for the past 12 years.