Committee Bio: David Burke

David Burke
Executive Director

David Burke spent his early years in Swift Current, Saskatchewan.  Later he attended high school in Regina and the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon; the latter under the auspices of the Regular Officer Training Plan.  After graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, he was commissioned as a Lieutenant in the Canadian Military Engineers.

Most of his military career was spent in the operations side of military engineering including command at troop, squadron and regimental level.  He served in 3 Field Squadron, Chilliwack, 1 Airborne Field Squadron, Edmonton and later he commanded 2 Combat Engineer Regiment in Petawawa in 1986-88.  Staff jobs have included junior and senior appointments at Land Force Headquarters, St Hubert, and National Defence Headquarters, Ottawa as well as a one-year appointment with the UN in Cyprus.  Training related postings have been to the Canadian Forces School of Military Engineering, Chilliwack, the Combat Training Centre, Gagetown, and the Canadian Forces Command and Staff College, Toronto.  In the latter job he served initially as a member of the directing staff and finally as Deputy Director Land Staff.  For three years he served as the Area Engineer for Land Force Western Area.  He is a qualified military parachutist with 113 military parachute descents. In addition, Colonel Burke is a qualified Combat Diver and served as the first Senior Army Diver. Recreational interests include reading history, current affairs, investing, alpine skiing, swimming, cycling, sailing and rugby.  He is a Past-Commodore of the Britannia Yacht Club.  At the present time, he is the Executive Director of the Canadian Military Engineers Association.

David Burke’s military educational qualifications include graduation from the Canadian Land Force Command and Staff College (Kingston), and the Pakistan Army Command and Staff College (Quetta). Civil qualifications include a BSc in Civil Engineering as well as a BSc (Honours) in War Studies from the University of Baluchistan and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Alberta.  He is also an International Fellow of the Chinese PLA National Defence University.

He was accredited as Canadian Defence Attaché to China and Mongolia in August 2000, at the rank of Colonel, after serving four years in China he returned to Canada to retire from the Canadian Forces.  He has set up a firm, Anson Consulting Inc., to provide consulting services to government and business. He is a registered Professional Engineer in the Province of Ontario. 

David Burke is married to the former Penelope Savage from Sydney, Australia; they have two adult sons, Alistair and Robert.