Dave Cournoyer Alberta davebertaDave Cournoyer is a writer and communications professional based in Edmonton, Alberta. He currently works as Communications Advisor with the United Nurses of Alberta.

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

A regular member of CTV’s Alberta Primetime politics panel, Dave 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.

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.

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.

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.