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David Hurford | Lift & Co. Cannabis Expo

David Hurford

Special Advisory, The Plant Medicine Company & former National Policy Secretary, Liberal Party of Canada

David Hurford has over 20 years of experience working in senior roles with federal, provincial and municipal governments, crown corporations, non-profit organizations and a top 40 global university.

Throughout his career, David has been an active participant in the shaping of many drug policies in Canada. Among other things, David has helped:

lead development of the Government of Canada’s original medical marijuana regulations and procurement plan as a special advisor to the Minister of Health between 1998 and 2002;
implement Government of Canada’s hemp production guidelines and develop Natural Health Products Directorate as a special advisor to the Minister of Health between 1998 and 2002;
negotiate terms with the City of Vancouver for the opening of Canada’s first safe injection site as a special advisor to Minister of Health between 1998 and 2002;
organize Vancouver’s Four Pillars Coalition and facilitate the implementation of innovative heroin maintenance trials as Chief of Staff and Director of Communications for Mayor of Vancouver in 2007 and 2008;
co-sponsor policy resolution at January 2012 Liberal Party of Canada’s biennial policy convention regarding the legalization of marijuana as Policy Chair for Liberal Party of Canada (LPC) British Columbia;
lead the Liberal Party of Canada (BC)’s policy committee that published the “Legalization of Marijuana: Answering Questions and Developing a Framework” in 2013;
David was National Policy Secretary for the Liberal Party of Canada from 2016 to 2018. Since 2017, he has served as the CEO of a well-established housing and health care non-profit society in Vancouver.

In addition to serving with the Minister of Health between 1998 and 2002, David was a political, policy and communications advisor to Ministers of Industry, Infrastructure, Transport, Revenue and Fisheries and Oceans between 1993 and 2003.

Since returning to British Columbia from Ottawa and Winnipeg in 2007, David has worked in leadership roles with the City of Vancouver, Community Living British Columbia, University of British Columbia, British Columbia Care Providers Association and Safe Care BC.