David Dunlop was born in Ottawa and has lived in Czechoslovakia, Switzerland and Germany. He received his post secondary education at Carleton University—BA, DPA and MA in Public Administration. He has worked at the Canada Pavilion at Expo67, Ministries of Science and Technology and Urban Affairs, Deputy Chief of Protocol at the Foreign Affairs Canada. After EXPO86 in Vancouver, he started D. R. Dunlop & Associates, Event Planning and Management in 1987. The company continues to be a leading conference company having run events in all provinces and territories in Canada and in Washington, Paris, Brussels, Geneva and Taipei.