Dave is the CEO of Rarebit Consulting, based in Calgary, offering consulting services throughout Canada. With over 30 years of experience as a health and safety expert. He has managed safety departments for many large companies, building and implementing several management systems. His career has seen a long list of accomplishments and firsts.
He has led major investigations, investigation teams and supervised thousands of investigations in occupational health and safety, harassment, and even technical failure investigations during his technical career in the military. Dave is also a licenced investigator.
He is the most published author, on safety, in Canada publishing blogs, books, and peer-reviewed safety articles in international journals. His books, Effective Safety Committees (2018) and Harassment and Workplace Violence Investigations (2020), are unique in Canada and offer the only practical guidance in these areas.
As one of Canada’s leading safety professionals, Dave is a member of the Board of Governors for the Board of Canadian Registered Safety Professionals (BCRSP) and the Women in Occupational Health and Safety Society (WOHSS). He has also been a member of the Alberta Worker’s Compensation Board (WCB) Board of Directors. He leads two national task forces on behalf of BCRSP.
Dave has a master’s degree in business administration and completed the first international research project on safety professionals in 2012, exploring the effect of safety professionals on traumatic fatality rates in three countries. It is a document widely referenced and giving rise to an international competency framework for safety professionals and practitioners through the International Network of Safety & Health Professional Organisations (INSHPO). Dave has taught a wide variety of courses at the University of Alberta in investigations, incident causation, and management systems. His peer-reviewed articles explore issues at the cutting edge of today’s world of safety.
Dave is also a veteran, having served over 20 years in the Canadian Forces in various capacities, including heading a nationwide safety program for training facilities.
In his spare time, he writes science fiction novels. The Globur Incursion series