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From 2011 to 2014, Dave was a fellow at the Centre for Dialogue at SFU,
where he valued the staff and students of the Centre. He was constantly opening
doors for students and paying for them to attend lunches and conferences.
He went out of his way to express gratitude and appreciation to them
for their work. From 2012 to 2015, he was a senior fellow at the Beedie School
of Business Centre for Corporate Governance and Risk Management.
Dave had a beautiful mind. He treated every situation as a learning
opportunity and would focus attention on the person he was talking with.
He was a great mentor for students and young professionals. He was always
there for people, ready to share insight, work through dilemmas and connect
them to his network. He was active in the Board of Trade’s Leaders of
Tomorrow program and mentored students from SFU and UBC. Dave was a
wonderful teacher—he truly wanted to help people understand how legal
and regulatory systems should evolve to enable positive relationships in our
Dave gathered insights from a diversity of realms. He was transdisciplinary
to the core, combining the critical and creative voices of law and
design. Dave had the imagination to come up with ideas and the humility
and technique to test them against the data.
Dave’s final endeavour involved writing, over a ten-year period, The
Director and the Manager: Law and Governance in a Digital Age – Machiavelli
Had It Easy. Published in May 2019, it is his life’s work in large measure and
in a large package: a nearly 1,000-page text on the emerging discipline of
governance. This text presents Dave’s research and a market-tested decision
framework for comparative law, market practice and human nature in
the vital strategic oversight role of governance. Dave believed that the
“how” and why of governance systems link the human condition and the
rule of law in the digital age. Machiavelli Had It Easy is the culmination of
years of thinking, researching, writing, editing and compilation. It is a fitting
finale of a life of reflection, innovation and expression.
Dave was also passionately involved in politics over the years on the
civic, national and international levels. He was part of the team that wrote
Creating Opportunity: The Liberal Plan for Canada, better known as the “Red
Book” in the Jean Chrétien government, its blueprint for the country.
There were little and large things for which Dave can be remembered:
his wonderful smile, which lit up a room; his love of music and beauty; and
his tireless pursuit of justice for political and humanitarian causes, including
support for women and diversity of culture.
Dave always did the work he wanted to do that he felt was important, not
the work the world sought to impose on him, even if there was a cost to his