Dave Cournoyer Justin Trudeau

Justin Trudeau and Dave Cournoyer in 2014.

Dave Cournoyer is a writer and communications professional based in the Upper-East Side of Edmonton, Alberta. He currently works as a 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. Dave is a regular member of CTV’s Alberta Primetime politics panel.

Dave currently serves on the board of directors of the Kokopelli Choir Association and the Bellevue Community League and the Progress Alberta advisory board. He is a past member of the programming committee for Edmonton’s Litfest, the board of directors of the Gateway Student Journalism Society, and the Central Edmonton News Society.

Dave earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and History 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.

After his time in student government, Dave provided communications and strategy support for Alberta’s Liberal opposition.

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 2015, he was recognized at the Edmonton New Media Awards (the Yeggies) with the Best Political/Current Affairs Award and a Special Lifetime Achievement Award for one decade of blogging about Alberta politics.

Dave has spoken about Alberta politics to classes at the University of Alberta, Grant MacEwan University, King’s University College, and Carleton University in Ottawa. And he has presented social media and communications workshops to numerous organizations, including the Catholic Archdiocese of EdmontonCanadian University PressCanadian Association of Labour Media, Public Interest Alberta, the Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions, Next Up, Alberta Federation of Labour, and Homeward Trust Edmonton.

Dave is a member of United Steelworkers Local 1-207.

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.