Senior Advisor, Ecosystem Development
Joined the team: April 1, 2016. No joke.
David Chavez is Vice President and Head of Partnerships at Platform Calgary. David leads all partnership work to help build, activate and fund the Platform Innovation Centre. He also works with partners from all three levels of government to secure funding for Platform Calgary and the regional Calgary innovation community.
Help startups with?
The most important thing David can help tech startups with is to gain traction and his Programs team does a great job teaching them about how to do that. Also, he wants to help by activating the new innovation centre with great Program Partners that will provide complementary education, advisory and other services to startups, and activating the space especially with great corporate members who are open to working with startups as future technology providers.
Living in Calgary, David loves the city’s amazing pathway network that it has. He also appreciates the ethnic diversity that Calgary has, seeing people from various walks of life. Weather-wise, David really appreciates the city’s dry cold winters!
David is a professional engineer and holds a Bachelors of Applied Science in Engineering Physics from the University of British Columbia. Prior to Platform Calgary, the majority of David’s career has been spent working in senior leadership positions for multinational tech companies, such as in Product Development for Nortel and Product Management for Ericsson. David is also no stranger to the startup environment. While working at Nortel, he was part of a small team that fired up the Research and Development Lab in Calgary. In 15 years the lab grew to over 300 engineers, many of whom are still active in the Calgary innovation community to this day. David is also the Founder of the Calgary Innovation Coalition, which currently comprises 36 organizations from across the city.
Fun outside of work?
Aside from being passionate about helping transform Calgary into a hub for startups and innovation, David also loves sports. He and his wife love to play pickleball and go skiing on local mountains. David is also a firm believer that ‘Pinot Noir’ is both a noun and a verb.