David Sweanor is chair of the advisory board of the Centre for Health Law, Policy & Ethics, and an adjunct professor, Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa. He has been actively involved in tobacco and health policy issues since the beginning of the 1980s and played a leading role in setting many global precedents. He has worked with numerous groups globally, including the International Union Against Cancer, World Health Organization, World Bank and the Pan American Health Organization. The current focus of his tobacco related work is on risk reduction strategies. He is also actively engaged on a broad range of other issues and was awarded Ottawa’s Outstanding Individual Philanthropist award in 2016.