David is an independent writer, traveller, speaker, mentor, facilitator and aspiring sage. This is his third career.
A former Canadian naval officer, David spent 15 of his 31 years in uniform at sea in ships and submarines. His time ashore was spent in staff appointments that included personnel policy, project management, operational planning, and doctrine development for which he received a Maritime Commander’s Commendation in 1996. In 1992/93 he was seconded to the European Community Monitoring Mission in the disintegrating Yugoslavia where he became head of the Coordination Centre responsible for operations in Eastern Herzegovina, Montenegro and the southern Dalmatian coast of Croatia. Between 1993 and 1996 his duties included serving as a naval advisor to the Middle East Peace Process.
In 1996, David left the Navy to establish an independent applied research consultancy, focusing on maritime dimensions of enhancing international stability, confidence and cooperation in regions of tension. This led to writing, lecturing, and facilitating a wide range of projects around the world, ranging from Track Two diplomatic initiatives to confidence and capacity building initiatives (for more on that, see “Published Stuff”). After more than two intensive decades that included extensive travel across the Middle East and Asia, he is now focused on pursuing other interests, ranging across history, travel, visual arts and matters philosophical.
David is a Senior Research Fellow with the International Ocean Institute–Canada, a Research Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Security and Development at Dalhousie University, and an Honorary Fellow of the National Centre of Maritime Policy Research at Bahria University in Karachi, Pakistan. He also serves as Past Chair of the Board of Governors of Atlantic School of Theology, Nova Scotia’s smallest university. He is a graduate of the Canadian Forces Command and Staff College and holds a Masters degree in Marine Management from Dalhousie University.