About Dave

I’m delighted to serve Victoria residents as a City Councillor, and residents of the entire region as Director on the Boards of the Capital Regional District, the Capital Region Housing Corporation, and the Capital Regional Hospital District.

My Background

I practiced law in Ontario and BC as an environmental offences prosecutor, and as counsel advising on law reform. I have Masters degrees in law and in economics. I’ve worked for governments, non-profits, and the private sector. I’m currently a small business owner and a community volunteer.

I’ve served on the Boards of Directors of several charities and non-profits, and a couple of businesses. I’ve been a Director, Treasurer and Vice President of the Fairfield Gonzales Community Association, and currently sit on our Community Association Land Use Committee (CALUC) and serve as Chair of our Neighbourhood Improvement Committee.

I’m fortunate to work and volunteer with good people on improving governance systems, analyzing government budgets, improving climate action, serving Indigenous communities, creating good green jobs, promoting fair wages and just transitions, and building safer, healthier and more liveable communities. Some examples:

  • Strategic planning, policy and governance advice for charity clients in BC and Alberta.
  • Co-founder of a firm that supports Indigenous communities in addressing industrial development in their Territories (land use, business planning, Traditional Knowledge studies, impact and benefit agreements, etc).
  • Author and co-author of a number of publications, e.g. on energy efficiency building retrofits, achieving climate goals while creating green jobs, and adjusting municipal budgets to improve sustainability.
  • Prepare the calculations, and write the reports, for the Greater Victoria Living Wage campaign (the hourly wage required for two adults to support a family of four).

I have lived in four neighbourhoods in the City of Victoria – as a renter and as an owner – and my partner and I are raising our kids here. Victoria is changing and growing, and we need to make sure it remains a great place to live, work and raise a family.