Don Dransfield is a local entrepreneur, environmental advocate and community leader. He currently runs his own business – Dransfield Consulting Group – which provides business management services to professional organizations, primarily small law firms. Previously he worked for 30 years in progressively more senior positions with an Ottawa-based battery import and sales company, GS Battery Canada. Don believes in the value of small and family-owned businesses and recognizes that it is entrepreneurship and social innovation that drives our economy and creates jobs. Don is also on the executive of the Capital Region Citizens Coalition for the Protection of the Environment (CRCCPE). He believes that business thrives when it works with local communities to promote environmental responsibility, social inclusion and opportunities for youth.
Don grew up in a military family on Air Force bases in Germany, Alberta and BC. His mother and father and both grandfathers served in the Canadian Forces. When Don was 20 years old, the family returned home to Ottawa after his father passed away. Don lost his mother to cancer when he was 25, leaving him the oldest of 5 siblings between the ages of 5 and 25 who had to make it on their own. Having this responsibility at an early age, without the family support networks that many of us take for granted, motivates him to work hard to ensure that young people have opportunities to succeed no matter what their background or circumstances. Don graduated from Carleton University in his mid-thirties, working full-time while going to school. He is a strong advocate for programs that promote education, entrepreneurship, skills development and job opportunities for young people.
Don ran for municipal council in 2006, and was a candidate in the 2011 provincial elections. His belief in public service stems from his desire to give back to his community and ensure that everyone has a fair chance to achieve success as he did, and that seniors who worked hard all their lives can retire with dignity and quality of life. He recognizes the need for affordable housing, early learning and child care, accessible public transit, and sustainable and green development done in cooperation with local communities and local small businesses.
Don is currently living in Bay Ward with his wife, Anita Vandenbeld, who is the federal MP for the area. He has a grown daughter, Courtney, who also lives in Ottawa.