|Ottawa City Councillor|
December 1, 2010
|Preceded by||Clive Doucet|
Green Party of Canada
Green Party of Ontario
David Chernushenko (born June 1963 in Calgary, Alberta) is a politician, professional speaker, sustainability consultant and documentary filmmaker in Ontario, Canada. He was elected to Ottawa City Council in the 2010 municipal election and is running for re-election in 2014. He is the former senior deputy to the leader of the Green Party of Canada, and a former leadership contestant for that party.
A graduate of Queen's University (Political Science) and alumnus of Cambridge University (International Relations), Chernushenko has worked for the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT) and the United Nations Environment Programme. He has served on committees and boards of local housing and environment groups, schools and health advisory bodies.
Chernushenko is a “green building” professional accredited by the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification program. As owner of the consulting firm Green & Gold Inc. since 1998, he has advised public, private, and non-profit organizations on adopting more sustainable and socially responsible practices.
From 1998 to 2004, Chernushenko served on the International Olympic Committee’s commission on Sport and the Environment. He has written several books on sustainable management practices, including Sustainable Sport Management (UNEP, 2001) and Greening Our Games: Running Sports Events & Facilities that Won't Cost the Earth (Centurion, 1994), and the electronic publication Greening Campuses and their Communities (IISD/ACCC/UNEP, 1996). In 2001, he co-founded Clean Air Champions, a national charity that engages athletes in raising awareness about air pollution, climate change and the benefits of physical activity in Canada. He is a director of the Sustainable Ottawa Energy Co-operative.
He was the Green Party candidate for Ottawa Centre in the 2004 federal election. He finished fourth with 4,730 votes (8%), receiving more votes than any other Green candidate in Ottawa. He ran again in Ottawa Centre in the 2006 federal election and again came fourth, losing to Paul Dewar from the New Democratic Party (NDP). Chernushenko received 6,766 votes (10.2%), the highest vote count of any Green Party candidate in Canada the 2006 election. He passed the 10% threshold, thus becoming eligible for partial government reimbursement of campaign expenditures. Chernushenko was endorsed by the Ottawa Citizen newspaper in both the 2004 and 2006 elections. He also ran as the Green Party candidate in Ottawa South in the 2003 Ontario general election.
On November 10, 2006, Prime Minister Stephen Harper appointed Chernushenko to Canada's National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy, a non-partisan panel that advises the federal government on environmental policy, and works to promote the integrated pursuit of excellence in environmental, social and economic practices in Canada’s public, private and civil society sectors. Chernushenko served as a member on the NRTEE from 2006 to 2009, and served as vice-chair in 2008-2009.
Chernushenko resigned as deputy leader of the Green Party in July 2007 in order to devote more time to his international consulting business and the NRTEE, and to make documentary films. Since then, he has launched the Living Lightly multimedia project and produced three documentaries, titled Be the Change (2008), Powerful: Energy for Everyone (2010) and Bike City, Great City (2013).
2006 Green Party leadership bid
On March 30, 2006, David Chernushenko announced his bid for the leadership of the Green Party of Canada. He was seen as a party insider, close to the positions of previous leader Jim Harris, in contrast to Elizabeth May, who was seen as more of a traditional activist. Chernushenko received 33.38% of the votes in the election, losing to May. Since that time, Chernushenko has been critical of Ms May's leadership of the party, and has publicly spoken out about her mixed messages surrounding strategic voting in the 2008 federal election, an issue that some party insiders blamed for the Greens' lower-than-expected results in that election.
Chernushenko, David; Anna Van der Kamp (2001). Sustainable Sport Management: Running an Environmentally, Socially and Economically Responsible Organization. United Nations Environment Programme. ISBN 92-807-2072-4.
Running in Capital Ward:
|2010 Ottawa Municipal Election - Councillor|
|Ron Le Blanc||243||1.88|
|Ottawa Centre - Canadian federal election, 2006|
|New Democratic||Paul Dewar||24,611||36.93||-4.12|
|Total valid votes||66,638||100.00|
|Canadian federal election, 2004: Ottawa Centre|
|New Democratic||Ed Broadbent||25,734||41.05%||$75,600.35|
|Canadian Action||Carla Marie Dancey||76||0.12%||–|
|Total valid votes||62,684||100.00%|
|Total rejected ballots||270|
|Ontario general election, 2003: Ottawa South|
|Progressive Conservative||Richard Raymond||16,413||34.4||-5.8|
|New Democratic Party||James McLaren||4,306||9.0||+3.2|
|Family Coalition||John Pacheco||562||1.2||–|
- Chernushenko, David; Anna van der Kamp (2001). Sustainable Sport Management: Running an Environmentally, Socially and Economically Responsible Organization. United Nations Environment Programme. ISBN 92-807-2072-4.
- "My Walk". Ottawa Greens.
- "Chernushenko, again". Ottawa Citizen. 2006-01-20.
- "Good Green will be missed", Ottawa Citizen, July 10, 2007
- Silven, Kirsten E. (27 May 2011). "Film Review - Powerful: Energy for Everyone". Earth Times. Retrieved 30 July 2013.
- "Chernushenko premiers film encouraging a more bike-friendly Ottawa". Ottawa Citizen. 9 July 2013. Retrieved 16 June 2014.
- "Chernushenko running for city council seat", CBC News, June 18, 2010
-  City of Ottawa: Official Results — Election 2010
- "Chernushenko announces Green Party leadership bid". CBC Ottawa. 2006-03-30.[dead link]
- "Renegotiate NAFTA, new Green party leader says". CBC News. 2006-08-26.
- "May fends off calls for her resignation". The Glode and Mail. 2008-10-17.