David sits on the board and is a supporter of:

McGill University
The Institute for the Public Life of Arts and Ideas.

IPLAI is a unique venture. It marks an institutional collaboration between the faculties and schools of law, arts, education, music, management, religious studies and architecture, with a view to sustaining and developing teaching and research which is boldly interdisciplinary and in which the historically pivotal role of the humanities and the arts in intellectual and public life is honoured and advanced. IPLAI’s focus is on the dynamic life of art and ideas— their relationship to public and private life; their formative passage through the domains of education, business, religion, and law; and their ability to remake the world into which they are born. 

IPLAI embodies the principle that universities are unique because professors never cease being students and because what they teach and learn from their students is knowledge in the making rather than knowledge ready made. The Institute builds upon strong disciplinary foundations but does not replicate them. The aspiration is to provide opportunities for professors and students to embark on interdisciplinary experiment and to engage artists and publics beyond the university in the process of making the familiar strange.