David Hopper

Director, Sable Island Institute 

David Hopper, BDEP, BA, MES is a retired land-use planner and environmental geographer. For 35 years he worked in resource and environmental departments for the provincial governments of British Columbia and Nova Scotia. Throughout his career David was engaged in various natural resource and environmental initiatives, egs, Coastal 2000, Whitehorse Mining Initiative, Nova Scotia’s Sustainable Development Strategy, Nova Scotia’s Mineral Policy, Marine Protected Area planning, NS Coastal Strategy. From 2004-2015, David worked on the Nova Scotia Department of Environment’s Protected Areas team focused on securing at least 12% of the province for conservation protection by 2015. This was a complex land use project and the team’s effort was recognized with the Premier’s Award of Excellence.

David has a long interest in land and waterway reclamation. He is a cofounder and past chair of Canadian Land Reclamation Association’s (CLRA) Atlantic Chapter, the Atlantic Reclamation Conference (ARC) and co-recipient of CLRA’s Dr. Edward M. Watkin Award in recognition of major contributions to land reclamation. He is a part-time instructor in geography and environmental studies at St Mary’s University. He also spends some of his time leading adventure tours throughout British Columbia, including the Rockies and Haida Gwaii. Apart from the great outdoors, and reading, David’s interests include the arts (painting, drawing, rug hooking) and is a cofounder and past chair of the LindaJoy Media Arts Society, a 33-year old non-profit group, which presents awards to aspiring filmmakers in Atlantic Canada.