David P. Wilkinson is a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at the University of British Columbia (UBC). He previously held the position of director of the UBC Clean Energy Research Center (CERC). In addition, he maintained a joint appointment with the National Research Council Institute for Fuel Cell Innovation for several years where he was a principal research officer and a senior advisor. He received his BASc degree in chemical engineering from UBC in 1978 and his PhD degree in chemistry from the University of Ottawa in 1987 where his graduate work was done with Brian Conway.
Wilkinson has over 20 years of industrial experience in the areas of fuel cells and advanced lithium batteries. Prior to his university appointment in 2004 he was the director, and then vice president of research at Ballard Power Systems Inc., involved with the research, development and application of fuel cell technology. Prior to joining Ballard in 1990 he was the group leader for chemistry and electrochemistry at Moli Energy and part of the team that developed the world’s first commercial rechargeable lithium AA battery. Wilkinson has received a number of awards for his work including the R.A. McLachlan Award, the highest award for professional engineering in British Columbia, the Electrochemical Society Battery Division Technology Award, the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Canadian Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Association, and the Grove Medal award for contributions to fuel cell technology. He is also a fellow of several organizations including the Engineering Institute of Canada, the Canadian Academy of Engineering, and the Chemical Institute of Canada. Wilkinson’s main research interests are in electrochemical and photochemical devices and processes to create clean and sustainable energy and water. He has over 75 patents and more than 150 publications covering innovative research in these fields.