David Charles McKenna is president of the Banff Jasper Collection by Pursuit. David also currently serves as Chair of the Tourism Industry Association of Canada Board of Directors.
David is a native of Ottawa, Ontario where he pursued Biotechnology at Carleton University (1987-90) and served as Vice President Academic (89/90) of the Carleton University Students' Association. With a passion for the outdoors, David traveled to Banff, Alberta in 1991, and spent the next seven years leading various hospitality and ski patrol teams prior to undertaking several entrepreneurial ventures. Starting in 2001, David further honed his hospitality skills as Director of Food & Beverage at the Rimrock Resort Hotel and Director of Operations with the Delta Lodge at Kananaskis. David joined the Pursuit team in 2006 as General Manager of the Mount Royal Hotel. In 2008 he led the hospitality and attractions team as Vice President until being promoted to Banff Jasper Collection President in 2013.
David has played a critical role in projects including the approval and construction of the Glacier Skywalk, the Banff Gondola expansion, as well as the acquisition and integration of the Lake Minnewanka Cruise, Elk & Avenue Hotel (formerly Banff International Hotel), FlyOver Canada, Maligne Lake Tours, Maligne Canyon Wilderness Kitchen and Maligne Canyon Icewalks. David is a dedicated member of the Canadian Tourism and Rocky Mountain communities and has served or is serving on the Board of Directors for many groups including the Tourism Industry Association of Canada (TIAC), Canadian Passenger Vessel Association, Banff & Lake Louise Tourism, Tourism Jasper and the Banff Canmore Community Foundation. In 2017 Dave was elected TIAC Vice Chair and elected to Chairperson in 2018.
David is a recognized driver of innovation within the tourism industry. From hotels, food and beverage, attractions, retail, transportation and interpretive engagement, he brings a new vision centered in experiential product development and integration. David works with many advocacy, industry segment and marketing agencies to focus on the core human elements of Tourism: colleague development, recruitment and greater engagement with regional First Nations as industry partners.
David and his wife, Julie Canning, live in Banff where they are also proud partners in Banff Trail Riders western outfitting operations and a working ranch located in Mountain View County, Alberta.