David is a member of the Mikisew Cree First Nation in Fort Chipewyan and is the president and CEO of eight successful companies. Dave’s personal commitment and the purpose of these companies is to “Create opportunities for aboriginal people at every level of education and every level of employment.”
The foundation for these businesses began in the oilsands region of Fort McMurray in 1990. Neegan Development Corporation Ltd., NTS and Tuc’s Contracting form the core of Dave’s businesses and are based out of the Fort McMurray area.
Mr. Tuccaro is very active in the aboriginal and non-aboriginal communities. He has sat on the Board of the Regional Health Authority, the Alberta Chamber of Resources, the National Task Force on Aboriginal Development Financing, the National Task Force on Oilsands Strategies, and a Board of Governor at Keyano College. As well, he spearheaded the formation of the Northeastern Alberta Aboriginal Business Association and the National Aboriginal Business Association. Dave sits as a director of the National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation and currently co-chairs the 2004 Arctic Winter Games Committee.
In April 1998, Mr. Tuccaro was honored with his inclusion as one of Financial Post Magazine’s “Top 40 under 40”. An award reserved for our country’s most influential leaders.
In March of 1999 Dave was recognized as a recipient of the coveted National Aboriginal Achievement Award for his contribution in the area of Business and Commerce, the highest honor that can be bestowed upon a member of the aboriginal community.
Dave became a director for the newly formed Aboriginal People’s Television Network (APTN). He also chaired the Management Committee which launched the network.
Dave was also honored by Venture Magazine, in 1999, as one of Alberta's 50 Most Influential People.