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. 

Prior to this role, David was a Director with the BCPVPA for five years with a focus on provincial committee work that included the Workplace Intensification and Wellbeing committee. Supporting professionals in achieving work-life balance has become a passion for David, and one that he will pursue through his presidency.

David has been in the business of education for 28 years, including 10 years of teaching experience in grades 7-12 and 14 years with the UBC 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. He counts Peter Senge, Milton McClaren, Brené Brown, David Bowie and his family as significant influencers in his professional way of thinking.

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.

David cares deeply about student success and believes, at its core, success is contextual and unique to the individual: educators and students must have agency in defining their personal success. He measures his own success based on his growing professional network, positive relationships and measurable outcomes.

David is a champion for innovative and student-centred learning environments; an in-demand presenter; an enthusiastic but typically off-key singer; and a believer in evidence-informed system processes. He is married to a master teacher, Christine, and together they have three grown children.