Before his appointment to the Senate in 2013, David Wells served as Deputy CEO of the Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board. Mr. Wells has over 30 years experience in international business and management of government and regulatory affairs. Over the years he has specialized in various areas including policy development, financial management and budgeting, human resources management, corporate strategy and regulatory change.
Senator Wells has held senior management positions in business and government, including as president of Wells Solutions Group Inc., as president and CEO of SPC Inc., and in senior roles to the federal Minister of Fisheries and Oceans. He has served as a delegate for Canada at the Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization as well as the International Regulators’ Forum on global offshore safety. He was a member of the International Upstream Forum, a think tank on advancements in upstream oil industry development. Senator Wells has received awards and recognition in the field of international fishery economics and resource management.
Senator Wells’ community involvement is varied. He has volunteered with the local Minor Hockey Association and the Big Brothers of Canada Mentoring Program and has served on his neighbourhood School Council. He is a high-altitude alpine mountaineer and has climbed in the Himalaya, Andes and the Russian Caucases, summiting the highest peaks in Africa, South America and Europe.
Senator Wells was born and raised in Newfoundland and Labrador and is proud and committed to serving his province and his country in Canada’s senate.
He is married to Ann and they have 4 children.