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The President presides over the sessions of Congress and the Executive Council, guides and coordinates the activities of the Organization and its various bodies, issues directives to the Secretary-General with respect to the fulfilment of his duties, takes action in the interest of the Organization on behalf of the Executive Council and in consultation with its members, between the sessions of the Council, and carries out other specific duties as prescribed by decisions of Congress, the Executive Council and the Regulations of the Organization.


David Grimes, President of WMO

David Grimes

David Grimes, a Brock University graduate, has been Assistant Deputy Minister and head of Environment and Climate Change Canada's Meteorological Service (MSC) since July 2006. His effective leadership style has resulted in a transformation and modernization of the MSC, including a realization of substantial investments in the Service.

Mr. Grimes has many accomplishments from his 40 year career with the MSC in weather forecast operations, the Canadian Climate Centre and science-policy development. He is recognized for his strategic and innovative thinking, effective problem solving and engaging leadership style.

Mr. Grimes has been active for over 25 years in the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and other international forums. He has shown leadership in WMO on matters pertaining to service delivery, disaster risk reduction and results-based planning. He has served as one of Canada’s negotiators for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change 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 presidency he has successfully led the development and adoption of the Global Framework for Climate Services’ implementation plan including leading the first ever Extraordinary World Meteorological Congress and the first Intergovernmental Board for Climate Services. 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.


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