David Holmes Black

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David Holmes Black (born April 9, 1946), a native of Vancouver, founded and is the owner of Black Press.

The son of Alan and Adelaide Black, his family moved to Toronto, where he attended school. In college, Black studied engineering and obtained a master's degree in business administration. In 1973, Black found a job at the Toronto Star newspaper as an analyst. The company sent Black to various locations in North America where they operated subsidiary projects. Through his travels, Black learned about the newspaper trade and eventually purchased his own publication.

Black Press operates 120 community and daily newspapers and websites in British Columbia, Alberta, Washington State (Sound Publishing), San Francisco, Hawaii and Akron, Ohio.

Black's first newspaper acquisition was the Williams Lake Tribune in 1975, which he bought from his father and still owns under the Black Press envelope. Black's second acquisition was the Ashcroft-Cache Creek Journal. Black Press now owns other flagship community papers, such as the Victoria News, Surrey Leader, Peace Arch News, Kelowna Capital News, and the Abbotsford News.

Oil refinery[edit]

On August 17, 2012, Black announced he is putting forth a proposal to build a $13.2 billion oil refinery in Kitimat, B.C. with his company, Kitimat Clean Ltd.[1] The refinery would refine bitumen into eight different products. There were no plans for bitumen from the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline to be refined before shipping. This was a separate project, which has been rejected by NB the federal government. Black could have refined bitumen from Northern Gateway, but there was no deal between Black and Enbridge, the proposed pipeline's developer. Black said he would invest his own money (between $2 million and $3 million) for the environmental assessment.

Personal life[edit]

Black resides in Victoria, British Columbia.


  1. ^ Fletcher, Tom (Aug 18, 2012). "$13-billion refinery proposed for Kitimat". BC Local News. Black Press. Retrieved July 15, 2014.