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David Duckworth

Title: General Manager, Utilities & Environmental Protection

Areas of focus: As General Manager of Utilities & Environmental Protection, David is focused on protecting public health and the environment for current and future generations, and helping all employees work safely. He oversees business units responsible for: providing safe, clean drinking water (water treatment and supply); wastewater collection and treatment; stormwater management; waste and recycling; organizational health and safety; and environmental management.

Career history: David brings close to 30 years of progressive local government experience and a strong passion for exemplary public service to his role as General Manager of UEP. The majority of David’s career has been spent managing water, wastewater, stormwater and solid waste management systems with the cities of Vancouver and Kamloops. He also has extensive experience in managing transportation services, capital construction and project management, information technology, legislative services and protective services, such as police and fire protection and bylaw enforcement. Prior to joining The City, David held various senior leadership roles where he was responsible for many large-scale and successful initiatives such as: the design, construction and maintenance of municipal infrastructure assets including water, wastewater, stormwater, transportation, and facility infrastructure and municipal landfills; design and implementation of one of B.C.’s most advanced and successful residential waste and recycling collection programs; design and implementation of Vancouver’s multi-family recycling program; and procurement and installation of a large-scale universal water meter program. David is a civil engineer with an MBA from the University of British Columbia.

Leadership philosophy: David wholeheartedly embraces The City’s 4C essential qualities of Character - behaving the right way, Competence - doing the right things the right way, Commitment - dedication to the greater public good, and Collaboration - working together for a common purpose. His leadership philosophy is built around achieving outcomes through teamwork, collaboration and open, honest communication. He places significant emphasis on listening and engaging with key stakeholders, including citizens, elected officials, and staff. Over his career, he has built a reputation for developing successful, empowered teams that thrive in a caring, positive and fun work environment. David also believes in leading by example, and has practiced environmental stewardship and sustainable living principles throughout his entire career.