About

Dave Cournoyer Alberta davebertaDave Cournoyer is a writer and communications professional based in Edmonton, Alberta.

His website, Daveberta.ca was launched in January 2005 and quickly became one of the best read political blogs in Alberta.

He is a regular member of CTV’s Alberta Primetime politics panel and has written articles and columns for SEE Magazine, VUE Weekly, Alberta Views Magazine and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

Dave earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Alberta. During his time on campus, he was elected Vice-President External of the Students’ Union, served on the University Senate and was Chairperson of the Council of Alberta University Students from 2006 to 2007.

After his time in student government, Dave entered provincial politics where he worked in communications and strategy roles for Alberta’s Official Opposition Party.

Dave has delivered guest lectures on Alberta politics to classes at the University of Alberta, Grant MacEwan University and King’s University College. And he has presented social media and communications workshops to numerous organizations, including the Canadian University Press, the Canadian Association of Labour Media, Public Interest Alberta, the Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions, Next Up, the Catholic Archdiocese of Edmonton and Homeward Trust Edmonton.

He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Kokopelli Choir Association and is a past member of the Programming Committee for Edmonton’s Litfest and former Community Representative on the Board of Directors of the Gateway Student Journalism Society.

In 2003, he was awarded the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal in recognition of his volunteer work with the WarAmps of Canada and in 2010 he was named as one of Edmonton’s Top 40 under 40 by Avenue Magazine. In 2012, the global public relations company Hill & Knowlton recognized Dave as one of Alberta’s most influential Tweeters.

He currently works as Communications Advisor with the United Nurses of Alberta.

You can follow his tweets at @davecournoyer, follow his blog on Facebook, and peruse through his photos on Flick. Fan letters can be sent to david.cournoyer [at] gmail.com.

The opinions expressed on this blog represent my own and not those of my employer or any organization I may be affiliated with.

In addition, my thoughts and opinions change from time to time. I consider this a necessary consequence of having an open mind. This blog is intended to provide a semi-permanent point in time snapshot and manifestation of the various ideas running around my brain, and as such any thoughts and opinions expressed within out-of-date posts may not the same, nor even similar, to those I may hold today.

10 thoughts on “About”

  1. Love your insight and website, but is there any chance that hyperlinks to other websites would open in a new window so one doesn’t have to constantly keep clicking back to your website before clicking on another hyperlink? HTML coding would be along the line of: “

  2. Hi Dave,

    There is a candidate name Hakin Isse running for ward 3. His represents change and sign of prosperity for people living in that ward. If you are interested, i can set-up a meet with him to ask questions.

  3. I had Harvey Panesar at my door the other evening and there were a couple of concerns that came about in how he was comparing himself with other candidates for this ward. Harvey went on to use other candidates ages and health conditions as to why he was a better person to vote for such as one candidate being 65 and being diabetic. I am not certain as to why as person older age and being a diabetic would make a difference. What is the rest of this persons resume, perhaps it is full of experience, more than what Harvey may have.
    Also, on Harvey’s website he makes mention of his wife in this paragraph “Panesar, 37, alongside his wife, Taranjeet, daughters, Arya and Riya, and newborn son, Jujhar announced his candidacy Saturday at Pind Punjab Restaurant in front of his supporters.” yet on his brochure he is handing out door to door it shows his wife’s name as Sundeep.
    Then the guy is showing his support for violence against women on his web page yet he owns a business by the name of Aggression Fighting Championship… really?

  4. Good morning, Dave. On the wider civic election front, I have a name for you who knows something about Grande Prairie: Dr Daryl White. Dr White is an instructor in the Faculty of Arts & Education at Grande Prairie Regional College, and he has started a high-quality, unbiased civic election website describing the issues, and about the candidates for Mayor & Council (unfortunately, he has not yet been able to post any information about the County of Grande Prairie No 1).

    The site is at http://gpvoters.ca/dir/

    – Jerry

  5. Proud to see you on television tonight as well as reading about you over the years. I am so happy to see you doing so well. Good luck!
    Maurice

  6. Great website Dave. Keep up the good work!

    If you’re ever interested in reading some old documents from the UFA and Social Credit governments, let me know.

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