I was born in Guelph, Ontario, Canada in 1956.
I received my BMath degree from Waterloo in 1978; an MSc from Ohio State University in 1980; and my PhD from Waterloo in 1981.
I held an NSERC post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Manitoba (Department of Computer Science) in 1981-1982. In 1982, I was awarded an NSERC University Research Fellowship, which I held at the University of Manitoba (Department of Computer Science) from 1982-1989.
I joined the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (Computer Science and Engineering Department) in 1990.
I moved to the University of Waterloo (Department of Combinatorics and Optimization) in 1998, when I was awarded the NSERC/Certicom Industrial Research Chair in Cryptography, which I held from 1998-2003. In 2002, I transferred to the School of Computer Science at Waterloo.
I was awarded the Hall Medal by the Institute of Combinatorics and its Applications in 1994.
At the University of Waterloo, I held a Mathematics Faculty Fellowship from 2001-2004 and a University Research Chair from 2005-2011.
I was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 2011 and I was named University Professor in 2013.
I served as president of the Institute of Combinatorics and its Applications from 2016-2022.
I retired on September 1, 2019. My current title is Professor Emeritus.
The Stinson66 Conference (New Advances in Designs, Codes and Cryptography) was held in June 2022 at the Fields Institute in Toronto. From the conference website: "This conference will celebrate Doug Stinson’s 66th birthday and highlight his contributions to the fields of designs, codes, cryptography, and their connections. The goal is to explore recent developments, open problems and conjectures in combinatorial design theory along with applications to related areas including codes, cryptography, networks, and algorithms. We intend to bring together leading researchers from around the world, along with graduate students, postdocs and other early-career researchers. The conference will consist of invited talks only and will provide ample opportunity for discussion and collaboration among the participants."