David Heap

Canadian Coast Guard

David Heap emigrated from the United Kingdom at an early age and was raised in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. His family later moved to Victoria, BC where he finished high school and further cultivated a passion for sailing and being in the marine environment. David worked in the marine industry while completing a Bachelor’s Degree in Biochemistry/Microbiology the University of Victoria, graduating in 1992.

David then joined the Department of Fisheries and Oceans as a Product Inspector in Prince Rupert, responsible for inspecting the quality of fisheries products produced on the North Coast of British Columbia. Having become familiar with the variety of cultures and communities along the coast, he transferred to the Aboriginal Affairs Branch where he worked for several years in various capacities implementing the Aboriginal Fisheries Strategy in BC, advising on Treaty and national aboriginal programs in Ottawa and implementing and negotiating Treaties in BC.

In 2001, he began working for the Canadian Coast Guard as a Strategic Planner, then becoming the Superintendent of Marine Communications and Traffic Services on the West Coast. David returned to Ottawa in 2008 to manage the Marine Security Operations Centres and moved into the National Marine Search and Rescue Program. He also acted as the Executive Advisor to the Commissioner of the Canadian Coast Guard prior to returning to the West Coast as the Superintendent of Marine Search and Rescue. In 2013, he was appointed Regional Director of Integrated Business Management Services, Western Region, responsible for maintaining sound business practices and key relationships with Coast Guard’s partners in marine safety.

David has also completed a Master of Business Administration at Royal Roads University, where he studied collaborative arrangements in the public sector. He resides in Saanichton, British Columbia, with his wife Lynn. When not working, David enjoys mountain biking, sailing and skiing.


“The IAMC represents a great opportunity to focus on issues of concern to indigenous communities and to develop potential actions aimed at addressing those concerns using a common understanding and cooperatively developed work plans.”