About David

David served as MLA in Edmonton-Gold Bar from 2012-2015. He served in the Alberta Cabinet with Premier Jim Prentice.   He is a graduate of the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology and the University of Alberta.

David is a person who invests in the community through everything he does.  David has taken diverse opportunities to improve his community.  A true people person, his passion to help others has compelled him to contribute to the community through:

  • Serving on local and provincial boards
  • Coaching youth basketball for over 12 years, David also organized the basketball program for many of the communities in Gold Bar
  • Founding and leading the raising of $38M for and building the Saville Community Sports Centre (GO Centre), the largest community and sport centre of its type in North America
  • Serving the United Way Director of Finance and Administration
  • Serving as a board member and past President of the Children’s Ability Fund, an organization that provides specialized equipment to improve the lives of people with disabilities;
  • Serving as Treasurer of the Edmonton Police Foundation; and
  • Participating as a Scouter for 17 years. David has his Woodbadge training, and was a trainer in the Scouts Canada system for 3 years.

Having founded his own company – Dorward & Company Chartered Accountants – 24 years ago, David fostered a positive and supportive work environment for his staff. David is an experienced Chartered Accountant and Certified Management Accountant.  He was awarded the prestigious "Fellow" of Chartered Accountant’s by his peers. 

David has been recognized for his community and professional work; he received an honorable mention for the Alberta Outstanding Community Leader award, presented by Hon Lt. Governor Norman Kwong. His firm was a finalist for Small Business of the Year award, 2009.

As a husband to his wife Janice of 44 years, father of four, grandfather of 17 and long standing participant in the Gold Bar community, David can relate to individual and  family issues. David is a problem solver who looks deeper into issues to develop the best solutions. At home, in the community and in his work, David strives to make the City a better place. 

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