Dave Jaworsky has been an active and dedicated member of the Waterloo community since graduating from the University of Waterloo in 1988. As a student, he chose UW for its strong collaboration with the business community and its focus on co-op programs. He went on to a successful 25-year career in business, most recently at BlackBerry, before being elected as Mayor of Waterloo in 2014.
Dave’s passion for community-building has played an important role in his professional career and personal life. In his leadership position at BlackBerry, he created the Global Corporate Social Responsibility team, ensuring BlackBerry was viewed as an upstanding corporate citizen. Over the years, Dave has taken on a number of senior volunteer positions with many organizations, including KW Community Foundation, Communitech, the Greater KW Chamber of Commerce, KidsAbility, Capacity Canada and Waterloo Minor Hockey Association.
He also serves on the Board of Governors of the University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University, as well as the Waterloo North Hydro Board. He is an Honourary Member of the Rotary Club of Waterloo and Affiliate Member of the Royal Canadian Legion.
A strong proponent for education, Dave believes in leveraging community strengths to give children the best possible opportunities. He was a founding member of the FIRST Robotics Waterloo organizing committee that brought this inspirational high school competition to Waterloo. In 2018, he and his wife Jan launched a program to promote “STEAM” (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) careers to girls. They invited 100 Grade 7 girls from around Waterloo Region to network and be mentored by female role models.
Dave took office on Dec 1, 2014. At the City of Waterloo, he has served on several citizen-led committees, including Age Friendly Waterloo, the Waterloo Economic Development Committee, and the Audit Committee. He is also a councillor for the Region of Waterloo, overseeing region-wide initiatives such as transit, affordable housing, and health improvement, and serves on the regional Public Art Advisory Committee. As a member of the Waterloo Region Municipal Resettlement Control Group, Dave helped to guide the large-scale refugee resettlement which welcomed over 1000 newcomers to the community.
Dave and Jan have two sons, and will celebrate their 29th anniversary this October–the day before the election!