David Rivard




David Rivard started his construction career when he was 16 years old through Local Ironworkers Union 512 in Minnesota as a connector in Structural Steel Erection and then as a “Pusher” (ironworker field foreman). In 1979 he moved to California and founded Steel Reinforcing Inc. (SRI), a union signatory sub-contracting rebar placement and structural steel erection company though Oakland California’s Local 378. SRI also became notable as a construction and development firm in California. In 2005, in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, David co-founded Haines Rivard Construction (HRC) in Louisiana, specializing in public works projects. In order to better represent all client services from SRI and HRC into business activities that now expand into international markets, David formed Acadian Construction and Engineering in 2011.

In 1968 through 1974 David served in the First Marine Division, First Recon Battalion. His companies further served as a patron to groups working on organized labor, health, education, environmental issues and also the non-profit Airline Ambassadors International (AAI), the only international relief and development organization of the airline industry. AAI operates in 54 countries and has over 16,000 members. David has over 50 years of experience in a diverse realm of political, occupational safety and health, humanitarian and business activities. 

In the health realm, David co-founded Health Quest Corporation at the Mayo Clinic in 1985. Vital Signals Corporation in Denver and San Francisco in 1999 and Acadian International in New Orleans. While at the University of Minnesota, David served on the Board of Directors for the oldest environmental organization in the state, Clear Air Clear Water Unlimited, a founding environmental organization of the National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA). 

David represented California World Foundation, Laborers International Union of North America (LIUNA), International Confederation of Free Trade Unions ICFTU and The Confederation of Progressive Trade Unions of Turkey (DISK) during the UN Summit series, which included the 1992 Rio Earth Summit, 1993 Vienna World Conference on Human Rights, 1994 Cairo Conference on Population and Development, 1995 Beijing World Summit on Women, 1996 Istanbul Conference on Human Settlements (HABITAT II, where he represented DISK), Rio + 10 in Johannesburg. David contributed language to all of the aforementioned conventions.

In 2004, David worked with Senators Christopher Dodd, Joseph Lieberman and the, then new, International Code Council (ICC) to pass legislation known as the Codes and Safety for the Americas (CASA) Act. With the ICC’s International Council and AAI, David then developed the “CASA Manual” which is published in French, Spanish and is the only building code manual for field workers throughout the Americas and the Caribbean.


David is the Country Director of Haiti for AAI, which works as an implementing partner for UNICEF and MINUSTAH, the UN peacekeeping force of Haiti. David maintains the Haitian passport awarded to him by the Haitian National Police, having re-constructed 5 police campuses after the Haitian Earthquake. AAI is registered through the DPI and ECOSOC at the UN, the Humanitarian Affairs Division (HAD) of the U. S. Army, the OAS and partners with UNODC and AAAE while it dispenses counter human trafficking training.

David’s hobbies include running and software development, which includes the crime reporting smartphone application “TIP Line” that is used by many airports around the world to combat human trafficking. 


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