David Holt


David Holt, the founder of Context, is a writer, strategist and entrepreneur with a background in science. Based in Nova Scotia, Canada, he has co-founded companies in the business and health media, renewable energy, and data centre sectors.

He worked in hydrography at the Bedford Institute of Oceanography in Nova Scotia during the early days of digital data acquisition and management. This included field surveys using ships and helicopters.

As a student he worked for the Canadian Forestry Service in Nova Scotia, surveying remote regions by vehicle, canoe, helicopter and floatplane, as well as on foot.

He was educated at St. Paul’s School, Concord, New Hampshire, with a final year in Rennes, France; and at Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts.

Holt is fascinated by creativity, a process that underpins progress in all fields of human endeavour. He has been influenced by his family background in Russia, Norway, England and Newfoundland, as well as by brilliant people of all ages who were passionate about science, art, music, history, business and government.