Biography

I am a proud Kanata North resident and your neighbor. I was born and raised in Beaverbrook on Riopelle Court where my parents, Bruce and Lorie, bought an original Bill Teron home in 1969 ! I now live in Kanata Estates with my wife, Danielle, our daughter, Sophia and Westie, Tate.

David Gourlay with Family

David, Danielle and Sophia

The community I call home defines my character as an engaged and active participant in civic affairs and I have proven leadership skills. I served on the Ottawa Public Library Board from 2010-2014 and played a role in the Beaverbrook District Branch which opened in 2014 and was a founding member on the Ottawa Community Housing Foundation Board from 2012-2014.

Dave Gourlay at the Ottawa Public Library

David Gourlay holding a trophy

A passion for sports and the game of baseball has been a constant in my life and it’s one I acted on for our city. In 2012, I established the Champions for Ottawa Baseball movement and brought community leaders together to support the return of professional baseball. My work led to my co-founding the Ottawa Champions Baseball Club in 2014 and I was appointed the inaugural volunteer President.

David Gourlay and the Ottawa Champions

David, with the Ottawa Champions

My commitment to baseball as a community activity also transformed me into a champion for equality and inclusion for special needs children and youth. I co-founded and acted as President of the Miracle League of Ottawa that opened in 2015 as Canada’s second and our city’s only fully accessible baseball and recreation facility to foster participation and sport engagement by minimizing harm and risk of injury. The site also features a fully accessible canteen, washrooms and change rooms and represented a $1.6M investment in our community.

David Gourlay community accessible baseball project

David Gourlay with the Miracle League

I have had a 10+ year in the private sector following a first 15-year career in the Government of Canada and the City of Ottawa at the political level and in the Public Service. I joined the private sector in 2007 as Oracle Canada’s Public Sector Director and then in a similar role with Citibank Canada. I most recently consulted on key industrial sectors including health-care, information technology, pharmaceuticals, social services and financial services. Combining a wealth of experience in both the private sector and various levels of public service has provided me the rare insight into how each sector might best serve the other and benefit our community as a whole. It is this experience and a hard earned skill of bringing people together which are amongst my proudest achievements.

I was a recipient in 2009 of the Ottawa business Journal “40 Under 40” Award which recognized my young professional business leadership skills and in September 2015, I was recognized as a ‘Top 25 in the Capital’ in Ottawa Life Magazine. In November of 2014, I was honoured to become a Member of the Order of Ottawa for my community and business leadership.

My experience in sports and community have taught me that when we come together as a community and have strong leadership based on a shared vision, we can deliver results together. Now, I hope to bring this passion to Kanata North as your Councillor.

David Gourlay giving a speech

David Gourlay recieiving the Order of Ottawa