About David

David Chernushenko has served the residents of Ward 17 – Capital as City Councillor since 2010. He chairs the City of Ottawa’s Environment and Climate Protection Committee and serves on the Transportation Committee, the Finance and Economic Development Committee (FEDCO), the Board of Health and the Ottawa Community Lands Development Corporation.


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Born in 1963 in Calgary, he has called Ottawa home for most of his life and is fluently bilingual. David holds a B.A. in Political Studies from Queen's University and a Master's in International Relations from Cambridge University. He is green building professional accredited by the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification program.

David has spent his working life promoting prosperous communities and healthy livelihoods by advising public, private, and non-profit organizations on adopting more sustainable and socially responsible practices. He served for three years on the National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy (NRTEE), and for six years on the International Olympic Committee’s Sport and Environment Commission.

He has written three books on sustainable management practices and is a co-founder of Clean Air Champions, a national charity that involves athletes in tackling air pollution while promoting active living. Clean Air Champions won the 2013 International Olympic Committee’s Sport and Environment Award for outstanding initiatives in the field of environment and sustainable sport.

An active and dedicated community volunteer, David has served as a director of the Sustainable Ottawa Energy Co-operative, and as a community ambassador for the Ottawa Sustainability Fund. He is a founding board member of Conservation Co-operative Housing Inc. in Sandy Hill, and a founding supporter of the 1,000 Solar Rooftops campaign. Ottawa’s Social Planning Council honoured him with the Marion Dewar Defender of the Public Good Award in 2010.

He has directed and produced three documentary films: Bike City, Great City (2013), Powerful: Energy for Everyone (2010) and Be the Change (2008).

David, a married father of three, lives in Old Ottawa South. He is an avid cyclist, cross-country skier, hockey player and speed skater. He enjoys photography, live theatre and singing.

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