Hon. David Ramsay
Government of the Northwest Territories,
MLA, Kam Lake
Minister of Industry, Tourism and Investment
David Ramsay was born on March 18, 1970 in Saint John, New Brunswick, the oldest son of Frank and Margaret Ramsay.
Mr. Ramsay was first elected to the Legislative Assembly of the Northwest Territories in the November 2003 Territorial election as the Member representing the riding of Kam Lake, located in Yellowknife.
During the 15th Legislative Assembly (2003-2007) he served as Deputy Chair of Committee of the Whole, as member of the Standing Committee on Governance and Economic Development, the Board of Management and the Standing Committee on Accountability and Oversight.
He was re-elected to the 16th Legislative Assembly in October 2007. During this four year term he served as Chair of the Standing Committee on Economic Development and Infrastructure, as well as the Board of Management and the Standing Committee on Priorities and Planning.
Mr. Ramsay was re-elected to a third term in October 2011 to the 17th Legislative Assembly. On October 21, 2011 he was sworn in as a Member of the Executive Council and appointed Minister of Industry, Tourism and Investment and Minister of Transportation. In November 2011 he was elected Vice President of the Pacific North West Economic Region.
Mr. Ramsay attended school in Yellowknife until 1986, when he left Yellowknife to attend Athol Murray College of Notre Dame to play hockey. He returned for Grade 12 and graduated from Ecole St. Patrick High School in 1988.
He continued his education at the University of New Brunswick where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and History, specializing in Aboriginal Law and Self Government.
Mr. Ramsay’s prior political experience includes five years as a Yellowknife City Councilor, where he chaired the Corporate Services Committee and was the City Council representative on the Diamond Task Force. He also served as a Western Arctic Progressive Conservative Riding Association President from 1998-2003.
In 1996, Mr. Ramsay was awarded the “Young Entrepreneur” of the year award by the Business Development Bank of Canada. Mr. Ramsay resides in Yellowknife and enjoys spending time with his two young sons, Malachi and Elijah.