David Grimes

David Grimes

Former President of WMO

David Grimes was re-elected by the World Meteorological Congress in 2015 for a four-year term beginning immediately after the closure of the Congress. This is his second term as President of WMO.

David Grimes, a Brock University graduate, has been Assistant Deputy Minister and head of Environment and Climate Change Canada's Meteorological Service since July 2006. His leadership has resulted in its transformation and modernization, including a realization of substantial investments into the Service. Over his 40-year career with the Meteorological Service his accomplishments – in weather forecast operations, the Canadian Climate Centre and science-policy development – were many.  He is recognized for his strategic and innovative thinking, effective problem-solving and engaging leadership style.

Mr. Grimes has been active in the WMO and other international forums for over 25 years. He has served as one of Canada’s negotiators for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and participated in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

Since December 2006, Mr. Grimes has been honoured to be Canada's Permanent Representative with the WMO. In 2015, he was re-elected President of the WMO by the Seventeenth World Meteorological Congress for second four-year term. During his first term, he successfully led the development and subsequent adoption of the Global Framework for Climate Services Implementation Plan at the first ever Extraordinary World Meteorological Congress.  There have been several other notable achievements during his tenure as President.

In 2006 Mr. Grimes was also appointed Canada’s Principal Representative to the Group on Earth Observations; an intergovernmental body responsible for guiding the implementation of the Global Earth Observation System of Systems. In this capacity, he has led the coordination of two key Ministerial Summits, the first in the Republic of South Africa (2007), the second in China (2010).

Mr. Grimes’ career has been supported by his dedicated, lifelong companion Karen, his three children, Chris, Allison and Kim and three lovely grandchildren.  Exercising a passion for science and enjoying a loving family coalesce into to a meaningful and fulfilling life experience.