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editor of the U.B.C. Law Review. Upon graduation in 1988, he clerked at the
B.C. Supreme Court, followed by articles with Bob Bauman (now C.J.B.C.)
at what was then Bull, Housser and Tupper. Dave gained experience in
international law with Ward and Company, as the B.C. AirCare program
counsel, then with Smith, Lyons, Torrance, Stevenson & Mayer before
really finding his feet at MPR Teltech Ltd. as legal counsel for transactions
and IP. When MPR was sold in 1995, Dave’s perfect job disappeared, but it
opened other opportunities.
Dave actively followed his dreams. He had fallen in love with the art of
stone sculpture while studying abroad in the U.K. in the late 1970s, so he
joined George Pratt’s sculpture studio in 1998. This passion led him to start
a program called “Stoneworks” for street youth. You can find his large public
art pieces in Richmond, Nanaimo and other locations. One of his major
projects was Planta Point: the Quayle–Fushtey Nanaimo house and two-
studio project on three waterfront acres (Moura’s parents’ property) facing
The ferry trips from Vancouver to Nanaimo were made “passable”
through Dave’s passion for motorcycles. Every April, Dave would get the
“motorcycle bug”. He finally convinced Moura that this was a good idea and
became the proud owner of several versions of the BMW 1100 GS over the
years. Risk management finally suggested downsizing to a 200cc Vespa.
Dave coaxed Moura into getting her motorcycle licence so two mint green
Vespas could be seen among the Hell’s Angels on the ferry trips to and from
At Planta Point, Dave undertook many projects: a magnificent stone
bridge over the creek, dry stack stone walls and complex stone paving, all
by hand and from locally sourced materials. This passion for stone sculpting
was a diversion for several years until Dave’s practical side took over
and he returned to law, rediscovering his love for words and legal thinking—
and his burgeoning interest in governance that was to be his next passion.
Dave started The Governance Counsel in 2002 and became known as the
“Governance Guy”. As a corporate-commercial lawyer, respect for specialized
languages and building strategic oversight skills focused his passion on
governance: the effective exercise of informed authority. For Dave, governance
was a learned skill, so he developed the Principled Governance™
approach and the Governance Platform™ for The Governance Counsel™,
including orientation and education protocols, tools and briefing materials
on hot topics. It lent him an identity that served him professionally for life.
In turn, Dave worked with clients to help them with their governance challenges
and to “get along”.