David B. Robertson was born and raised in Edinburgh, Scotland. After completing his M.A.(Hons) at the University of Aberdeen and his teaching degree (P.G.C.E.) from Loughborough University, in England, he began his teaching career in 1978. Heavily involved in sports all his life, David was a member of the Scottish National rugby squad before injury cut short his playing career. He took to coaching with a passion and coached the Scottish Schools National XV for three years before emigrating to Canada. After 7 years of teaching English and French in Scotland, David and his family moved to Brentwood College on Vancouver Island in 1986. In 1993, he moved over to Shawnigan Lake School, working as the Deputy Head and Principal before accepting the position of Headmaster in 2000. He brought his 25-year stint of leadership at the school to a close at the end of June, 2018. David continues to live in the Cowichan valley that he and his wife Lynn love so much. They have three fabulous adult children and two very special grandsons (so far!).
A passionate advocate of strong schools and character education, David led Shawnigan Lake School through a period of unprecedented growth and development in every aspect of the school. Along the way, he has never lost his passion for education and for helping young people to be their best. Attitude determines everything in his view so the context in which the education is occurring is all-important. His guiding light has always been kindness which draws to it all those other desirable qualities from respect to compassion and his goal has always been to develop first-class human beings – from there all else flows.