David Asper is a lawyer, business-person, philanthropist and recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition of his community service.
Starting his career as a lawyer Mr. Asper focused primarily on criminal defense litigation and successfully represented David Milgaard in overturning one of Canada's most notorious wrongful conviction cases.
In philanthropy and public service, Asper is Chair of The Asper Foundation, which is one of Canada's largest private charities.
He is also Vice Chair of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers Football Club, member of the Board of the Pan Am Clinic Foundation and co-Chair of the 2015 CFL Grey Cup Festival Committee.
Through his philanthropy Asper provided the lead gift to establish the David Asper Centre for Constitutional Rights at the University of Toronto.
has also established major endowments at the University of Manitoba, United Way and the Jewish Foundation of Manitoba
actively supports the Jewish Child and Family Services Helping Hand Initiative.
For several years Asper successfully led the community effort to construct a new football stadium in Winnipeg, now known as Investors Group Field.
Past community involvement includes President of the Winnipeg Folk Festival, Chairman of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers
, Vice Chair of the Canadian Football League
Board of Governors, Co-Chair of the 2006 Winnipeg Grey Cup Festival, Governor and Vice Chair at St. John's Ravenscourt School
, member of the University of Toronto Governing Council
, member of the Board of the Canadian Friends of the Simon Wiesenthal Centre
has been recognized with the Arbour Award from the University of Toronto
, Consumers Choice Winnipeg Businessman of the Year, CFL Commissioners Special Award and the Award of Distinction from Destination Winnipeg.