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 1980-81 Global Chairman David Dunbar Dies

David DunbarDavid Valentine Dunbar, who served as 1980-81 Global Chairman of the Board and was an active volunteer in The IIA for more than 40 years, died Dec. 28, 2017 in Oakville, Ontario, Canada. He was 93.

Born in Chateauguay, Quebec, Dunbar was a member of the Toronto and, later, the Montreal chapters. He held many volunteer roles on the national and global levels, including serving three years as chairman of The IIA’s former Board of Regents. During his tenure, he rejuvenated the Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) program, steering development of a marketing plan and assisting with the creation of a new logo. He also oversaw an update to the Common Body of Knowledge (CBOK).

As Global Chairman, he advocated for internal auditing under the theme “Professionalism Requires Planning, Communication and Commitment.”

Dunbar received two of the highest honors bestowed by The IIA: the Victor Z. Brink Award for Distinguished Service in 1984, and the Bradford Cadmus Memorial Award in 1994.

“In The IIA’s long history, David was one of the giants upon whose shoulders we all now stand, whose commitment serves to lift the profession ever higher,” said IIA President and CEO Richard F. Chambers, CIA, QIAL, CGAP, CCSA, CRMA. “David contributed so much to our organization and to the profession and, though he retired many years ago, his positive impact continues to be felt. He will be greatly missed.”

Dunbar retired as Director of Audit at Bell Canada in 1985 after a lifelong career with that country’s largest telecommunications company.

“David’s contribution to the internal audit profession cannot be overstated,” said Jeffrey Erdman, Chairman, IIA Canada. “It was obvious to all who knew him that he loved his job as well as the many service opportunities he enjoyed at both the national and global levels. We send our heartfelt condolences to his family.”

Visitation is scheduled for 5-8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 12, at Ward’s Funeral Home, 109 Reynolds Street, Oakville, Ontario. A memorial service at the funeral home chapel will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 13.

As expressions of sympathy, donations may be made to Diabetes Canada or Alzheimer Society of Canada. Condolences can be left online at the funeral home’s website –​