David Kiemele

Managing Director, Cermaq Canada

David Kiemele

David joined Cermaq Canada in May 2016 as Regional Production Manager for Tofino, and took up the position of Managing Director in April 2017. As Managing Director, he is in charge of business performance, overseeing policies and planning, and also managing and motivating Cermaq’s team of 260 staff.

David has worked in the aquaculture industry for nearly 20 years. Before moving back to British Columbia in 2016, he spent 10 years working for Tassal aquaculture company in Tasmania, serving in management positions as Regional Manager, General Manager, and Head of Farming. He is exceptionally skilled in building solid organizational structure and developing strong teams. His expertise also applies to process improvements, major capital projects, and developing and managing annual budgets to support and drive long term strategic plans. David is currently the chairman of the British Columbia Salmon Farmers Association (BCSFA) Board. He is on the Canadian Aquaculture Industry Alliance (CAIA) Board. He sits in on the Department of Fisheries and Ocean’s Finfish Aquaculture Industry Advisory Panel (FAIAP).

David originally trained as an aquaculture technician at Sir Sandford Fleming College. He started his career in salmon farming as a technician on the farm sites, and understands the business across all of its dimensions. Originally from Ontario, he moved to the west coast as a young college graduate to embark on a career in the vibrant aquaculture industry in BC.

Throughout his career he has studied Executive Management at Harvard Business School and Melbourne University in Australia. David completed Harvard Business School’s course, Program for Global Leaders (PGL) in Tokyo and has also taken courses on mindful leadership to polish his executive skills.