Ottawa West—Nepean

David Stibbe is passionate about Canada, our environment and his community. After having spent much of his young adult life exploring this country, and the world, as an adventure traveler and guide, in 2004 he returned to Ottawa. 
In 2005, David along with his future wife Angie, moved into the Britannia neighborhood of Ottawa West Nepean and have been living more locally, focusing on giving back to their community. Together, they have raised their two wonderful daughters, Jesse and Jordyn, in the community and they both feel blessed to be able to call this place home.

As an educator, David is an Ontario Certified Teacher with a Bachelor of Education from the University of Ottawa, and a Bachelor of Arts in Geography from Carleton University. Dave has taught with various age groups and in distinct educational settings, including elementary school, middle school, high school, post-secondary school, and with adults and seniors. He is currently a full-time teacher at Cedar Ridge High School, a small Montessori inspired independent school where he is the full-time learning support teacher in addition to teaching an array of ecology-related courses. He is also a Duke of Edinburgh Awards program leader. 
As an outdoor education professional, Dave was also a contributing member of the team that established and developed the curriculum and teaching guidelines for Eastern Canada's premier program for developing the next generation of outdoor industry professionals: the Outdoor Adventure Diploma at Algonquin College.

Dave has worn numerous hats including management positions in guest services, training, and operations. In addition, he has participated in several sponsored expeditions and has designed and led numerous group wilderness programs. In 2014, in partnership with Joe Kowalski of Wilderness Tours, he established an urban outdoor adventure company called Ottawa City Rafting, which operates from the village of Britannia. In 2015, Dave and Ottawa City Rafting won the best new tourism company in the National Capital Region as awarded by Ottawa Tourism. Ottawa City Rafting is now in year six of operations and is a successful and sustainable small business supporting nearly 20 seasonal employees, mostly university students from neighboring communities.

Dave was also an early member of the Ottawa Riverkeeper Board of Directors and continues to be an active supporter. Dave has also been on the Board of Whitewater Ontario, and currently sits on the board of a small not-for-profit called Kitchissippi Centre, which is advocating for education and programs for youth on the Ottawa River.

Dave believes the Green Party speaks to the values needed by our country right now. Climate change, pollution and the protection of our natural spaces and species are all critical issues that must be addressed. He is a strong believer in common sense economics and believes legislation not spending is the process by which we can effect change best. In addition, Dave feels strongly about small business and the middle-class and understands that big business can be a force for good, but everyone needs to pay their fair share to maintain the structures of our public sector and public services.
Most important to David is the concept of local knowledge. We must work with our communities to solve local problems with the stakeholders who are most impacted.