Dave was born and raised in Picton, Ontario and while he has spent much of his professional life (retired Vice-President with BMO Nesbitt Burns) in Ottawa although he’s always been a Prince Edward County fixture.
He’s been involved in training and instructing for many years with several different organizations such as the Ontario Sailing Association and the Canadian Association of Snowboard Instructors.
His passion for riding has lead him to cover hundreds of thousands of kilometers on the motorcycles he’s owned over the years. With concerns for the limited protection of leathers mixed with crazy traffic, he turned his focus to Off-roading.
In 2006, Dave qualified under the Canada Safety Council to become a Certified ATV RiderCourse and UTV (side-by-side) Instructor. Today, he’s involved with several ATV clubs who promote safety through training as part of the Club Mandate.
Many companies and government departments now require employees to take this course if ATVs or UTVs are used at work. Dave has been approached by companies across the country because of his extensive training experience.
Dave enjoys extremely difficult technical back country riding as much as he does the leisurely colour rides he arranges every fall.
Dave says a day at the RiderCourse is fast paced allowing participants to vastly improve their skills. He says the RiderCourse is a day that most riders will remember for a long time with a smile.
Dave regularly attends rides hosted by the Napanee and District ATV Club. As a social riding club, you must a member to participate. Valid Trail Permits are required. (NDATVC) has a zero tolerance / no alcohol policy during our events.
Dave also arranges and leads difficult rides for highly skilled adventurers only such as Newfoundland (2008, 2015, 2018, 2020), Barry’s Bay, West Virginia and Ompah back country, to name a few.
If you would like to be considered for upcoming rides please call Dave at 613-293-1440.
Steve is a long-time resident and local business owner of Greater Napanee. He grew up in Inverary just north of Kingston Ontario spending most of his youth on a dairy farm. His Off Road Vehicle experience dates back to when these types of vehicles first appeared on the market in the mid 70’s.
From farm, implements grew a passion to discover outdoor riding opportunities.
Steve is President and founder of the Napanee and District ATV Club est. 1999.. and has been involved in one way or another in the advancement of recreational trails in Ontario. Steve was a past director of the Eastern Ontario Trails Alliance (EOTA) and is currently serving as Eastern Ontario ATV Clubs Advisory Committee Chairman. He is a trained trail warden/ambassador and risk management signage coordinator for the trails.
As a leader in his chosen recreational field, Steve is well known and published regularly in ATV magazines and TV shows and is regular fixture at major powersports showcases. Our region has benefitted from Steve’s expertise in convincing regional counties and townships to adopt Off Road Vehicle Legislation.
Since 2007 Steve has been assisting Dave in countless rider training courses and both worked together and founded Y.E.A.P. (Youth Educational Awareness Program) offering up full rider courses including all equipment for children whos Parents encouraged their off road enthusiasm.
Most recently Steve has now become certified as an instructor under the requirement of the Canada Safety Council for both ATV’s and UTV training.
Steve Can be reached at his office at 613-354-5202