Our Summer Camp Staff and Counsellors

David Dash - Summer Camp Director

David is the owner of Zen Martial Arts and Fitness and one of the primary instructors.  He is married to Renu and has a daughter Hailey who is 16 and a son John who is 14 years of age.  In addition to a life long commitment to entrepreneurship and owning a number of companies he was a member of the Canadian Armed Forces Reserve for 25 years.  He served in the Navy and the Army as a Naval Combat Information Operator, a Navy Diver and an infantry Officer.

He was a member of the Entrepreneurs Organization (EO) for ten years.  He served on the Ottawa board for three years completing his final year as Chapter President.  He currently serves as a mentor to EO Ottawa members.

David graduated from Carleton University with a BA in History/Political Science and is a graduate of the Entrepreneurial Masters Program at MIT in Boston, Mass., USA.

As a youth, David was involved in Judo, Boxing and Tae Kwon Do and as an adult Karate, Kickboxing and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

Summer Camp Counselor

John Dash - Summer Camp Counselor

John was born in Vancouver, BC and currently goes to school at Merivale HS. After high school he plans to attend university at the Royal Military College in Kingston and become a military pilot or go to the University of Michigan and play NCAA hockey.  John enjoys participating in a number of different sport activities.  He plays competitive hockey all year round, trains in brazilian jiu-jitsu and is a karate brown belt.  John teaches Little Samurai and kids karate classes at Zen and enjoys reading and X Box gaming with his friends.