David grew up in Ottawa, Ontario, where he also attended Carleton University. There, he earned a Bachelor's degree in Public Affairs and Policy Management, minoring in Economics. During his education there, he held positions in a Member of Parliament's Office and the Canadian government. After graduating, he worked for the Insurance Bureau of Canada as a climate policy analyst. David is deeply interested in applying energy-economic modelling in contributing to the transition to a sustainable global economy. He also enjoys travel, the outdoors, and world history.