Education Experience

District Grade Position When?
BCPVPA Professional President 2018 to 2020
University of British Columbia Post-Secondary Sessional Tutorial Instructor 2004 to 2018
Kootenay-Columbia District Staff Director of Technology 2004 to 2005
Kootenay-Columbia 8-12 Principal 2006 to 2017
Kootenay-Columbia Professional Chapter President 2007 to 2011
British Columbia Professional Director 2013 to 2017
Kootenay-Columbia 8-12 Principal 2017 to 2018
British Columbia Professional President-Elect 2017 to 2018



David is the President of the B.C. Principals’ and Vice-Principals’ Association in Vancouver, Canada.

Prior to this role, David was a principal in the Kootenay-Columbia School District and a Director with the BCPVPA for five years. His association committee work includes Workplace Intensification and WellbeingBudgetContract Advisoryand Professional Development. He currently sits on the Provincial Sector Advisory Council and is a member of the Provincial Leadership Working Group. Supporting educators in achieving work-life balance that sustains their passion and capacity for their leadership roles has become a passion for David. 

David has been an educator for 28 years, including 10 years of teaching experience in grades 7-12 and 14 years with the University of British Columbia Faculty of Education. His journey has been shaped by 18 years of professional administrative roles which provide a diversity, depth and wealth of knowledge, skill and experience. His professional journey has been influenced by Milton McClaren, Peter Senge, Brené Brown, David Bowie and his family. David is married to a master teacher, Christine, and together they have three grown children.

As a secondary school principal, David implemented purposeful and strategic supports for teachers and students to increase student engagement, graduation rates and successful transitions into life after high school. Under his leadership, eligible graduation rates improved for all students — including students with special needs and aboriginal students — to a 100% success rate in 2015-2016.

engages in evidence-informed processes and believes that the compassionate systems framework provides a pathway to scalable and sustainable enhancements in organization practices, including those we need to implement in education systems. David often refers to our human connectedness to each other and our natural settings as a reminder to what ‘human nature’ once meant. We all interact in a global ecosystem, and with a networking mindset, we can make a positive impact in our world.