ACE Instructor
Northwest Community College

After gaining experience in management throughout BC, teaching and coaching in Latin America, Dave McKeever shares what he enjoys most about being part of the Prince Rupert Community and helping to guide the next generation of entrepreneurs.

Originally from Edmonton, Alberta, Dave McKeever began his professional career as a Welding Fabricator and Hydraulics Technician. Dave went on to begin his business career in the Liquefied Petroleum Gas industry, where he spent several years managing branch locations across British Columbia. Through his experience in business management and the Liquefied Petroleum Gas industry, Dave has received many industry trade certifications and has been recognized for his work through industry management awards. Dave used his business experience to found McKeever Management Consulting Ltd. in 1998 where he provides consulting advice around procedure analysis, position profiles, training for managers and individual coaching.

Dave achieved his Master of Education in 2002 from Simon Fraser University, and has spent almost 20 years working with Northwest Community College in different capacities. With Northwest Community College, Dave has spent time as an Educational Advisor, Learning Assistance Specialist, Chair of Student Services. Currently, Dave is the Business Administration Program Coordinator for the Prince Rupert Campus.

When Dave isn’t working, he spends time at home in Prince Rupert with his family. Did you also know that Dave enjoys photography, playing classical guitar and camping throughout Northwest BC?

Dave also commits much of his time to the community through his work with committees and organizations. Dave is the Chair of the Northwest Community College Education Council, is an active member on the Northwest Community College Board of Governors, and sits on the Prince Rupert & District Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors as First Vice President.

Dave’s passion for mentoring community members is evident in his teaching outside of the classroom as well. In June of 2015, Dave hosted ThriveNorth’s first Peer Mentoring Circle in Prince Rupert and area which continued into 2016 as part of a Futurpreneur Canada initiative. Dave also shares his experience through mentorship from his involvement with Toastmasters International in Prince Rupert and the Prince Rupert & District Chamber of Commerce.

Toastmasters International is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing its members with the resources for improving their leadership and public speaking by attending clubs around the World. Dave was President of a local club from 1992-1998, and has been active with the organization for over 25 years. Dave explains, “networking is a primary skill for entrepreneurs and Toastmasters International is probably the best ongoing activity an entrepreneur can engage in to acquire and fine-tune networking abilities. Seeing the change in people over time is probably the most rewarding thing about attending Toastmasters meetings.”

In the ACE Program, Dave teaches the third and eleventh modules students participate in. Through these modules, Dave helps up-and-coming entrepreneurs shape their best business opportunity by transforming it into a viable business plan, a critical step in the successful launch of a new venture. When asked about teaching the ACE Program, Dave described the students as, “engaged, dedicated, and ready to take on the world. The ACE program is one of the best programs I’ve seen for recognizing and developing the entrepreneurial spirit to succeed.”

To Learn More About Dave, visit these links:

http://www.nwace.ca/dave-mckeever/

http://www.futurpreneur.ca/en/microsites/thrivenorth/blog/dave-mckeever/

https://www.toastmasters.org/

Dave McKeever is an educator of the Aboriginal Canadian Entrepreneurs Program. Many Aboriginal Entrepreneurs have graduated from the award winning ACE Program, which focuses on bridging Aboriginal culture with the key elements of entrepreneurship and business creation.  The ACE program made possible through the collective efforts of our partnering regions, communities, institutions, and faculties.