Dave started working in the food industry in 1985 after graduating with a Bachelor in Agriculture specializing in Food Science from the University of BC. Starting as a Quality Assurance technician with Mrs. Willman’s Baking, Dave steadily moved into roles of increased responsibility – his first managerial role with Gourmet Baker as QA Manager was the beginning of many other managerial positions with several other companies: Great Little Box Company (Operations Manager), Bread Garden/Creekside (General Manager), Premium Brands (Director Corporate Affairs), BC Dairy Association (CEO) and Naturally Splendid (CEO), represents Dave’s diverse and extensive experience in the food sector. The last two positions as CEO were opportunities to exercise exponential strategic changes and forge major shifts in organizational culture that were embraced by everyone.
Concurrent to his roles in business Dave also participated in organizations that promote the food sector and mentor “up and coming’ leaders. The BC Food Processors Association represents over 500 members and Dave was Vice Chair and Chair for nine years. He participated on numerous governmental advisory committees such as the BC Food Safety Stakeholder group and Agri-food Advisory Council (hosted by Minister Norm Letnick) that introduced the provinces Agri-food and Seafood Growth Strategy in Nov 2015. Dave is also very honoured to be part of UBC’s Tri-mentoring program where he engages students in the faculty of Land and Food Systems and provides mentorship and coaching towards their graduation and entrance into the business world. At UBC, where efforts to build BC’s first Innovation Centre have begun, Dave serves as the Chair of the Value Chain Working Group – a collection of stakeholders committed to developing the operational plan of the centre. In June 2017, Dave joined the Canadian Centre of Food Integrity Board focussing to enhance the knowledge and understanding by Canadians, the importance of our food system.