D. David Macmurchie


Career distinguished by recognition and advancement in areas requiring reliable judgement, leadership and independent action. These include attainment of Ph.D. in Chemistry (Caltech), directorships of business and recreation organizations, advanced certification in adult education, and appointment to the Canadian America's Cup team.


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Proprietor, North Cove Technical Services

Consulting services

Database design and development

Software training and support

Technical documentation


Instructor, Programming and Systems Analysis, CompuCollege School of Business, Burnaby, B.C.

Responsible for development and delivery of placement-oriented training in structured analysis methodologies and programming using Pascal, C, and dBASE.


Support Analyst GEMCOM Services Inc., Vancouver, B.C.

Responsible for testing, installation and support of PC systems; developed and presented training material across Canada, developed data recovery tools in C, wrote and edited user manuals and promotional material, led sales presentations.


Technical Director, MSDS Transcription Services Inc., Vancouver, B.C. (partner with GEMCOM)

Organized data assembly and input to hazardous materials information database; responsible for staff supervision, business development and strategic planning.


System Integrator, Troika Computer Consultants, Vancouver, B.C. (partner)

Custom systems development in C and dBASE, hardware and software sales, Novell network sales and installation, computer training.


Professional Yachtsman, self-employed, Vancouver, B.C.

Proprietor of Pleiades Sailing Services, certified Instructor/Evaluator, highest standard of Canadian Yachting Association. Services included off-shore yacht deliveries, electronic and other equipment installation, planning, development and presentation of training courses. In 1986, appointed to technical staff of Canada's Challenge for America's Cup. Concurrently, Western Regional Sales Manager, Sailing Canada magazine, 1980.


Research Scientist: California Institute of Technology, Ohio State University, Simon Fraser University

Fundamental research in Chemistry, relating structure and function of proteins and antibiotics. Specialized in nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy. Proposed structure for antibiotic valinomycin, developed original reagents for protein modification, designed and supervised construction of new research equipment, supervised and instructed graduate and undergraduate students.


1988    Diploma, Capilano College, Enhanced Accelerated Systems Management


1973    Ph.D., California Institute of Technology, Chemistry


1967    B.Sc. (Honours 1st Class), University of Victoria, Chemistry


Member, Research Review committee, Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada, 2013-2014


Captain and Communications Officer, Thetis Island Volunteer Fire Department and member of Harbour Committee, Thetis Island Ratepayers' Association.

Mentor in New Westminster Secondary School program working with children at risk.

Director, Evergreen Squash Club; refereed at National Squash Championships and international professional tournaments; captained Evergreen team in city league; initiated successful membership drive through evening class coaching.

Organized SFU Sailing Club's instruction program and renewal of fleet, sending team to National Championships for first time.

First CYA Instructor-Evaluator certified to teach celestial navigation; contributed editing work on navigation and sailing manuals for CYA.