Vice President, Meeting & Convention, Sales Tourism Vancouver
A Bachelor of Science graduate from the University of Manitoba, Dave got his start in the tourism industry working at the Delta Winnipeg Hotel.
In 1988, Dave moved to Vancouver where he worked in sales at the Hotel Meridien (now Sutton Place Hotel, a five-star property). In 1992, Dave joined Tourism Vancouver in sales, and then returned to the Sutton Place for two years in 1998 as Director of Marketing. Dave rejoined the bureau in 2000 as Director of Sales before being promoted to Vice President, Meeting & Convention Sales in 2001.
Dave manages a department of 19 people, directors, managers and sales associates that collectively help generate over $1 billion in economic impact to the region by bringing numerous meetings and conventions to Vancouver venues and hotels. He oversees Tourism Vancouver’s offices in Washington DC and Chicago.
Dave is an active member of several industry organizations including the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE), Canadian Society of Association Executives (CSAE), Meeting Professionals International (MPI), founding member of the Canada West Chapter of the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) and co-chairs the Vancouver Convention Sales Committee. He co-chaired MPI local host committee for their conference in Vancouver in July 2010 and is co-chair of the PCMA conference local host committee for 2016.
Dave has served as vice-chair of the Canadian Tourism Commission’s (CTC) Meeting, Convention, and Incentive Travel Working Committee for four years helping to provide our national tourism agency direction on their business travel program.
In 2002, Dave chaired the Vancouver Accommodations Work Group for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games bid responsible for building the hotel room block commitment needed as part of the games. In his role, Dave was one of the formal presenters to the International Olympic Committee’s Evaluation Commission.
Dave lives in Vancouver with his wife and two school-age children. His hobbies include hockey and baseball (playing and coaching), skiing, snowboarding, film, music and enjoying BC’s super natural outdoors. He also plays competitive golf at the provincial level and enjoys a scratch handicap.