David Yurdiga was first elected as a Member of Parliament in June 2014.
Born and raised in Northern Alberta David spent most of his youth on the family farm in Grassland, Alberta. Upon completion of his post-secondary specialization in mining, David began full time employment with Eco-Bay Mine in Nunavut, before returning back home to Alberta in 1989 where he became an entrepreneur and opened a consulting firm in Lac La Biche. This firm remained open for over 21 years.
Once he retired, David returned full time to the family farm which had been an integral part of his life. He took over the farm in 2005, applying the same organic principles to raising beef cattle that his father had done before him.
David entered into politics in 2007 when he was elected to the municipal council of Athabasca County. He later successfully ran for Reeve and served from 2009 to 2013. Besides politics David has been a very active member of the community where he advocated for his constituents, as co-chair of the Alberta Energy Corridor, and a Chair for both the Athabasca Regional Multiplex, and Aspen Regional Water Commission. He has also served on the Board for Tawatinaw Community Futures and Physician Recruitment Committee for Athabasca, and a full member of a provincial Metis organisation. For his work in the community David was awarded the Canadian Queen Jubilee Medallion.
Being a lifelong resident and business owner in Northeastern Alberta, David has a strong understanding of the individual needs and interests of each town and community in Fort McMurray-Athabasca. His central location within the federal electoral district gives him a strong advantage in understanding of all the individual needs of constituents as he has spent considerable time in each town and has developed close ties with aboriginal and other cultural groups.
David has been married to his wife, Kathy for 28 years. They have two grown children and a grandson, Ethan.