Dave Hart Dyke grew up in Stoney Creek; many of his happiest moments were spent hiking and observing nature on the Niagara Escarpment. His family actively encouraged his interest, and established a World Garden to help preserve rare plant species in England. Dave attended Saltfleet High School and Ryerson University, where he studied Journalism. He became actively involved in environmental issues through membership on a public committee that helped design the 25-year waste management master plan for the city of Hamilton. He subsequently served six terms as Chair/Vice-Chair of the Waste Reduction Task Force, which is responsible for implementing the plan.
Dave has also been active in the Niagara - Hamilton Joint Working Group and the Hamilton Area Eco-Network. He has been asked to represent the Ontario Environmental Network, which coordinates the efforts of more than 500 Ontario environment groups, at Waste Diversion Ontario. As part of Action 2020, he helped develop indicators to measure Vision 2020 progress. He serves on a curriculum design committee at Mohawk College. As part of a continuing effort to shine positive light on the environment in Hamilton, Dave assisted with the Ripple Effect Eco-Film Fest, and co-wrote/performed in a Fringe Festival play that took a light-hearted look at environmental issues. He has been identified as an effective advocate for local environmental issues.