Remembering David Podruzny, CIAC Vice-President, Business and Economics (retired)

Many of you will have heard the sad news, on August 21st CIAC lost a long-time friend and colleague, David Podruzny.  Dave passed away suddenly from cardiac arrest while out for an evening run in Edmonton.

Following a career with the federal government, Dave embarked on a second career with CIAC in 1994, where he spent the next 24 years until retiring in December 2018.  To say his passing was a shock to those who knew him — colleagues in both industry and government — would be a gross understatement. Dave was passionate about the work he did on behalf of CIAC members and the broader industry.  And while some would say he was a workaholic, he had that same passion and commitment to his family, his beliefs and the causes he supported.

Dave had a curious mind and was a voracious reader.   He could hold court on any subject – and given the chance to do so, he seized it.  You never knew where a conversation with Dave would lead, but his skilled storytelling always made it interesting.

One of the fittest, most active retirees we knew – Dave was a runner, downhill skier, and hiker.  Following his retirement, he and his wife Faye left Ottawa to be closer to family, returning to their roots in Alberta (another passion), the ultimate place to be for a Canadian who loved the mountains and the adventures that they offered.

A small graveside service was held on August 28th, what would have been Dave and Faye’s 49th wedding anniversary.  Dave’s son Kyle so eloquently delivered a eulogy, on behalf of CIAC, that paid tribute to our friend and colleague, gone too soon.

Rest in peace Dave.

Read David’s Obituary:

View Funeral Live Stream (1 P.M. MT, Friday, September 3rd):