David Cowen

Chief Executive Officer

The Butchart Gardens

As CEO of The Butchart Gardens, Mr. Cowen has responsibility for leading a team of nearly 700 staff, overseeing daily operations and strategic initiatives. Formerly the General Manager, Mr. Cowen is actively involved in leadership positions in the tourism and business communities, serving as the founding Past President of Gardens British Columbia and as a board member of the Canada Garden Council. Dave is currently Chair of the Greater Victoria Harbour Authority and Co-chair of the Tourism Committee for the Pacific Northwest Economic Region (PNWER). He was formerly Chair of Tourism Victoria and for over 15 years has been an active member on various boards and industry organizations throughout the region. He is the proud recipient of the PNWER Robert Day Memorial Award, which is awarded to someone in the private sector who has played a major role in bringing collaboration between cross-border organizations and stakeholders.