David Zimmer was first elected to the Ontario legislature in 2003 for the riding of Willowdale. He was appointed Minister of Aboriginal Affairs in February 2013. He has served as Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, the Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and the Attorney General. Before entering politics, he was chair of the Toronto Community Housing Corporation — Canada’s largest community housing provider and the second largest in North America.
Zimmer has practised law for many years in Toronto and has served as a part-time Crown Attorney. For 10 years, he was an administrative law instructor in the Law Society’s Bar Admission Course. He has extensive experience before administrative boards and tribunals and in the civil and criminal courts. Zimmer has also served as assistant deputy chairperson at the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada.
Through his volunteer work, Zimmer has demonstrated his commitment to community and international affairs. He has served as a director of the Canadian Institute of International Affairs and president of the Alzheimer Society of Canada. In 1993, Zimmer was awarded a Commemorative Medal for the 125th Anniversary of Canadian Confederation for his significant contribution in promoting research and awareness of Alzheimer’s disease.