Prior to joining UBC in 2005, Don Black was Executive Director of the Laurier Institution, a national, non-profit founded to advance and disseminate knowledge about the social and economic implications of Canada's cultural diversity.
From 1990 to 2003, Don held increasingly senior positions related to research, policy, and planning, including Executive Director, Marketing and Communications, at the Open Learning Agency (OLA), a government agency that pioneered open and distance learning at all levels of education in British Columbia.
From 2006 to 2010, Don was seconded half-time to the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC) as Director, Education Programs. He led the development of the official education program for the 2010 Winter Games, including /EDU, an online, interactive, and bilingual Olympic and Paralympic education portal serving teachers and students at all levels of education around the world.
In 2011, Don co-founded the online UBC Centre for Cultural Planning and Development as a legacy of the 2010 Games.
Since 2005, Don has led the development of non-credit, personal education programs that help connect UBC excellence with a wide range of learners, from high school students to seniors.
Don has a BA in English from Simon Fraser University and an MA in Canadian Studies (with distinction) from Carleton University. He has also completed PhD coursework and comprehensive exams (with distinction) in sociology at Carleton University.