David Cadman is the President of ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability and member of the World Mayors Council on Climate Change.
ICLEI is the world´s leading association of cities and local governments dedicated to sustainable development. ICLEI is a powerful movement of 12 mega-cities, 100 super- cities, 450 large cities and urban regions as well as 450 small and medium-sized cities and towns in 83 countries. ICLEI promotes local action for global sustainability and supports cities to become sustainable, resilient, resource-efficient, biodiverse, low- carbon; to build a smart infrastructure; and to develop an inclusive, green urban economy with the ultimate aim to achieve healthy and happy communities.
As President of ICLEI, Mr. Cadman has represented Local Government internationally at the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development and the Conferences of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change and the UN Convention of Biological Diversity. Representing the Local Government community, ICLEI’s municipal membership, but also as motivational speaker, he has spoken at countless international congresses and conferences worldwide.
David Cadman was Councillor of the City of Vancouver BC, Canada, for three terms. He was first elected in 2002, and re-elected in 2005 and 2008. He served for six years as a Councillor with the Coalition of Progressive Electors (COPE). He represented Vancouver on the Greater Vancouver Regional District and Metro Vancouver Board of Directors, serving on both the Land Use & Transportation; and Environment & Energy committees. He also served on the Translink Board of Directors where he chaired the Finance Committee. He represented Vancouver as a board member of the United Nations-initiated International Association of Peace Messenger Cities.
A social and environmental activist for over 30 years, he has served as the President of the Society Promoting Environmental Conservation (SPEC). He has also served the United Nations Association at the national and international level, and was awarded the United Nations Peace Medal and United Nations 50th Anniversary Medal.
Mr. Cadman was born in Montréal and grew up in Toronto. He attended the University of the South in Tennessee, USA and then moved to Geneva where he earned a Master of Arts degree in Interdisciplinary and International Development. He studied Adult Education at the Sorbonne University in Paris, France and is fluent in French.
After spending several years in Tanzania and Kenya developing literacy programs, Mr. Cadman returned to Canada in 1976 and settled in British Columbia. He worked for the Social Planning and Research Council in establishing the Community Development Institute.