Leader, Alberta Liberal Party
Dave was born and raised in Calgary. He is a high-profile community activist committed to progressive values. His father is an immigrant from India/Pakistan with a Master’s in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Saskatchewan. His mother is an Accountant from West Vancouver with family roots in Blackburn, Lancashire, UK. He has a sister, Jennifer, and a niece, Riya. Dave enjoys skiing, hiking and music festivals.
Dave holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from the University of British Columbia and a Juris Doctor in Law from the University of Toronto. He studied International-European human rights and constitutional law at Central European University (CEU) in Budapest, Hungary. He also completed French studies at l'Université du Québec à Chicoutimi (UQAC) in Chicoutimi, Québec. Dave is fluent in both English and French.
Dave is a practising lawyer licensed in Alberta, Manitoba and the Northwest Territories. He specializes in Indigenous rights and land claims litigation. Dave has represented clients at all levels of courts in numerous Canadian jurisdictions, including the Supreme Court of Canada, the Federal Court of Canada and the Federal Court of Appeal, the Supreme Courts of British Columbia and the Northwest Territories, the Courts of Appeal of Alberta and the Northwest Territories, and the Courts of Queen's Bench of Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. He has also appeared before regulatory and administrative tribunals.
For over a decade, Dave has been volunteering for both the Provincial and Federal Liberals. He served on the Calgary-Buffalo Constituency Board, and worked on numerous election campaigns since the 1990s, including organizing and participating in a partially-successful slate of candidates for UBC student government when he was a student there.
In 2017 Dave represented for the Alberta Liberal Party in the Calgary Lougheed by-election.
In 2015 he was the Liberal candidate in the Calgary-Buffalo Provincial general election.
Dave serves with several NGOs. He is a Director with RESULTS Canada. It’s part of an international network of organizations dedicated to eliminating poverty and increasing health outcomes. Dave served on the executive fundraising team for the Making Treaty 7 Cultural Society. The group is prominent in advancing the national reconciliation process and raises awareness of Treaty No. 7 signed between First Nations in southern Alberta and Queen Victoria in 1877. Dave has represented a group of low-income Chinese seniors in downtown Calgary since 2015 at multiple levels of Court to save their subsidized housing, and acts pro bono for a number of groups.