David Phipps

David Phipps

Director, Research Impact Canada

Toronto, Ontario


Dr. Phipps received his Ph.D. in Immunology from Queen’s University (Kingston, Ontario) and undertook post-doctoral studies in HIV research at the University Health Network (Toronto). After leaving the lab he built a career managing academic research holding successively senior positions at the University of Toronto Innovations Foundation (Manager of Biotechnology and Life Sciences), Canadian Arthritis Network (Director of Business Development) and Canadian Institutes of Health Research (Director of Partnerships). In 2001 Dr. Phipps completed his MBA from the Rotman School of Management (University of Toronto). Dr. Phipps is Assistant Vice President Research Strategy & Impact at York University (Toronto, Canada).

In this capacity, he founded York’s award-winning Knowledge Mobilization Unit that provides services to researchers, community organizations and government agencies who wish to use maximize the economic, social and environmental impacts of university research. Dr. Phipps has been named the most influential knowledge mobilizer in Canada. Other awards and recognitions include:

  • 2020 Award for Excellence in Research Management Leadership, International Network of Research Management Societies (INORMS)
  • 2020 Walter Hitschfeld Award, Canadian Association of Research Administrators (CARA)
  • 2020 Spirit of Kindness Award Canadian Association of Research Administrators (CARA)
  • 2018 Outstanding Contribution, Emerald Global Impact Award
  • 2017 Directors’ Award for Inter-Institutional Collaboration, Canadian Association of Research Administrators (CARA)
  • 2015 Research Management Excellence Award, Canadian Association of Research Administrators (CARA)
  • 2015 President’s Award for Innovation, Institute for Knowledge Mobilization

He was the Knowledge Translation Lead for Kids Brain Health Network of Centres of Excellence (2015-2018) and is the Network Director for Research Impact Canada, Canada’s knowledge mobilization network including 20 universities investing in strategies to maximize the impact of research. He has served on knowledge mobilization and impact committees in Canada, US, UK, Australia and New Zealand.

He is an immigrant settler who makes his home in Toronto on the indigenous territory that is subject to the Dish with One Spoon Wampum Belt Covenant.