As CEO of The Butchart Gardens, Mr. Cowen has responsibility for leading a team of nearly 700 staff, overseeing daily operations and strategic initiatives. Formerly the General Manager, Mr. Cowen is actively involved in leadership positions in the tourism and business communities, serving as the founding Past President of Gardens British Columbia and as a board member of the Canada Garden Council. Active in developing Garden Tourism as a vibrant provincial and national sector, he has presented at the World Garden Tourism Conference in Metz, France, spoken at the World Tulip Summit in Suncheon, Korea and on several occasions has addressed the American Public Garden Association annual conference.
Dave is currently Chair of the Greater Victoria Harbour Authority and Co-chair of the Tourism Committee for the Pacific Northwest Economic Region. He was formerly Chair of Tourism Victoria and has been an active member on various boards and industry organizations throughout the region. He is the proud recipient of the PNWER Robert Day Memorial Award, which is awarded to someone in the private sector who has played a major role in bringing collaboration between cross-border organizations and stakeholders.