Dave was elected to represent Ward 3 on the Edmonton City Council in October of 2010. Dave campaigned for and continues to advocate for the building of a city on the principles of smart urban design, expansion of the current transit system, and investing in neighbourhoods to insure that citizens at all stages of life have quality infrastructure and a safe community to live in.
Dave is also chair of the Donate-A-Ride steering committee. The Donate-A-Ride program provides transit tickets to Edmontonians who currently face financial barriers preventing them from accessing the Edmonton Transit System. This program ensures that some of Edmonton’s most vulnerable citizens can access City resources and be active members of our society.
To further ensure Edmonton is a safe community to live in, Dave was appointed an advisor to the REACH Edmonton Board. REACH is a not-for-profit community organization focused on ensuring every Edmontonian contributes to a community where everyone is safe and feels safe.
Dave also represents Edmonton at the Canadian Urban Transit Association (CUTA). CUTA is an association that equips municipalities with the research, resources, networking, and training to support success in public transit.
Dave has sat on the Fort Edmonton Management Company from its inception in April of 2009. The Fort Edmonton Management Company operates Fort Edmonton on behalf of the City of Edmonton which owns the buildings, property and artifacts of Fort Edmonton Park. A key role of the Fort Edmonton Management Company is fundraising to support the capital development of the Park.
After being elected to Council, Dave was appointed to the Edmonton Police Commission as a representative of the Edmonton City Council on the Police Commission. On the Commission, Dave was not only as a voting member, but as a liaison to City Council to ensure Councillors are informed of the business operations of the Edmonton Police Service. He served on the Edmonton Police Commission from 2010 until the end of 2014.
Prior to running for City Council, Dave represented more than 8,500 City of Edmonton employees while working for a coalition of five civic unions. In addition to monitoring City Council meetings, he lobbied Council on employee issues and acted as a liaison between City employees and managers. Dave also worked for the City’s Drainage and Transportation department while a university student.
A consensus builder with extensive experience in high-level decision making, Dave understands the complexities of civic government and the decision-making process. He is professionally trained in conflict resolution and negotiation; in 2010, Dave received a Masters Degree in Conflict Analysis & Management from Royal Roads University in Victoria, British Columbia.
Dave and his wife Camille have four grown sons, including one who lives in the community of Lago Lindo with his family. Since a close member of his family has experienced the reality of reduced memory capacity, Dave has tirelessly been involved in fundraising campaigns related to Alzheimer’s disease research.