David Ramsay has extensive elected public office experience in the Northwest Territories, which has included prominent cabinet positions in the Legislative Assembly. Prior to November 2015, he was Minister of Industry, Tourism and Investment that includes the preeminent mining portfolio, accounting for about 50% of private sector GDP in this jurisdiction. Mr. Ramsay has also served as Minister of Justice, Attorney General, Minister of Transportation and the Minister Responsible for the Public Utilities Board for the Government of the Northwest Territories.
As a long-term resident of the Northwest Territories, David has been involved with numerous businesses and was the recipient of the Young Entrepreneur Award from the Business Development Bank of Canada in 1996. He was first elected to public office in 1997 and served five years as a Yellowknife City Councillor, where he chaired the Corporate Services Committee and represented the City on the Diamond Task Force. Mr. Ramsay was elected to the Legislative Assembly in 2003, representing the riding of Kam Lake in Yellowknife. In addition to serving in Cabinet, David was Vice President of the Pacific Northwest Economic Region (PNWER) from 2011 to 2014, and President between 2014 and 2015. The PNWER is a statutory public / private partnership of Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, Montana, Washington, British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Yukon and the Northwest Territories whose mandate is to increase the economic well-being and quality of life for all citizens of the region, while maintaining the natural environment. Mr. Ramsay is also President of RCS Limited and Northern Building Solutions and he is a director of Northern Gateway Consulting.