Dr. David Swann graduated from the University of Alberta with his B.MSc. in 1971; with his M.D. in 1973; and became a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1988. He practiced as a family physician from 1975 to 1984 and then as a public health consultant from 1988 to 2004. Dr. Swann was honoured with the Gold Star Teaching Award by the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Calgary in both 1999 and 2003.
Dr. Swann was first elected a Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta for the constituency of Calgary Mountain View on November 22, 2004 and is currently serving his fourth consecutive term as MLA. Dr. Swann was Leader of Alberta Liberal Party while serving as Official Opposition from 2008 to 2010, and was later named interim leader between 2015 and 2017.
Dr. Swann is active within his community and was responsible for initiating the Healthy City Project in Calgary in 1987. He was also a part of developing the first pesticide-free park in Calgary in 1998, and has been involved in a number of anti-sanctions and anti-war movements from 1995 to 2004, which included three trips to Iraq.
In 2004, Dr. Swann authored a chapter in the publication “Finding My Voice for Peace” (from Canada and the New American Empire, ed. George Melnyk). Long an advocate on health issues, Dr. Swann was invited by Premier Rachel Notley in 2015 to co-chair a review of Alberta’s mental health and addictions system – a very rare request to be made to an opposition MLA. The ensuing report, Valuing Mental Health: Report of the Alberta Mental Health Review Committee, was made public in February 2016 and can be accessed online here.
Dr. Swann and his wife, Laureen, have three children and 11 grandchildren. During his free time he enjoys peace and justice work, music and singing, jogging, woodworking, and writing.