Mayor David Formosa was born and raised in Powell River and has lived here all his life. He and his wife, Laurie, also born and raised in Powell River, have four children and four grandchildren, all living in Powell River; three of his children and his daughter-in-law are working in the family businesses.
Dave has been an award-winning entrepreneur since 1979. Most of his current business activity is centered on diversified retail and other interests such as transportation, real estate development and rental properties, marinas, the hospitality industry, all within the Powell River region, and venture capital interests beyond Powell River. In February 2008, he was appointed by the provincial government as a director of the Island Coastal Economic Trust which, with a budget of $50 million, reviews projects and allocates matching funding to municipalities, cities and certain private groups where the economic impact is designed to affect entire regions.
Dave is past-president of the Powell River Chamber of Commerce, past director of the Powell River Hospital Foundation, founding director and past executive director of the Bruce Denniston Bone Marrow Society, former founding director of the Powell River Regional Economic Development Society and past president of the Sunshine Coast/Powell River BC Liberal Riding Association. Dave also served for many years as a director of the Sliammon Development Corporation, a company incorporated to engage in and oversee economic opportunities for the Tla’amin Nation. He resigned his position in 2012. In addition, Dave was a founding director of PRSC Land Developments Ltd, a company originally owned one-third by Tla’amin Development Corporation, one-third by Powell River Waterfront Development Corporation (of which the City of Powell River is the sole shareholder), and one-third by 0606890 BC Ltd. (a Catalyst Paper Corporation). He has served at various times on the executive of the Knights of Columbus, a Roman Catholic men’s service organization. In 2013, he was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal to honour his significant contributions and achievements to the community.
Dave was elected to serve a three-year term as City Councillor for the City of Powell River in November 2008. He was elected Mayor of Powell River in November 2011, acclaimed in November 2014 and re-elected Mayor in October 2018.
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