Council Members

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Derek Corrigan, Chair

Mayor of the City of Burnaby

Mayor Corrigan has been a Burnaby resident since 1977 and has served the citizens of Burnaby since he was first elected to Burnaby City Council as a councillor in 1987. He was elected Mayor in 2002, then re-elected in 2005, 2008, 2011 and 2014. He strives to bring the history and heritage of his almost three decades of public service to every important decision.

He and his wife, Kathy, raised four children in Burnaby. All attended Nelson Elementary and Burnaby South High School. With his children, he enjoyed years of involvement in local sports, including as a coach for South Burnaby Metro Club and Burnaby Minor Lacrosse Club and a team parent for the Burnaby Minor Hockey Association.

Mayor Corrigan was born in Vancouver and attended Sir Charles Tupper High School. After winning a scholarship to UBC, he was granted early admission to law school after three years of undergraduate study in political science and philosophy. He was called to the B.C. Bar in 1978.

During his lengthy political career, he has served on many key committees at the local, regional and national levels and has consistently demonstrated his commitment to the development of efficient transit systems in Metro Vancouver. He served as the chair of B.C. Transit from 1994-97, assuming responsibility for all transit systems in British Columbia. During his tenure, B.C. Transit received both the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) Outstanding Public Transportation System of the Year Award (1996) and the Canadian Urban Transit Association (CUTA) Transit System of the Year award (1995). He is currently chair of the Mayor's Council on Regional Transportation.


Richard Walton, Vice-chair

Mayor of the District of North Vancouver

Richard Walton is serving his fourth term as Mayor of North Vancouver District, and is in his 23rd year of elected public service.

Mayor Walton also serves on Boards the Metro Vancouver, the Municipal Finance Authority of BC and TransLink. He previously served from 2011 to 2014 as Chair of Mayors Council.

Richard Walton graduated with a BA from the University of British Columbia, an MA from Simon Fraser University, and is a member of the British Columbia Institute of Chartered Accountants, where in 2011 Mayor Walton he was elected a Fellow (FCA, FCPA) for lifetime service to the profession.  In 2017 he was awarded the designation ICD.D from the Rottman School of Business’ corporate directors’ program.

Additionally, he has guided tours through Scandinavia, Russia and Eastern Europe, taught and administered within the public school system, practiced as a chartered accountant, owned and operated the largest video retail chain in Canada and served as corporate executive with public and private companies in the retail, technology and construction sectors.

In 2013 Mayor Walton received on behalf of North Vancouver District, the United Nations Sasakawa Award, for World Leadership in the area of Planning for and Responding to Natural Disasters. In 2004 he founded and chaired the first World Mountain Bike Festival held in Vancouver and in 1999 he chaired the BC Games for Athletes with a Disability. In 2013 he was awarded the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal for Distinguished Service to his community.

Mayor Walton still plays league ice hockey and is a passionate outdoorsman. He and his wife have four adult children and two grandchildren.

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Wayne Baldwin

Mayor of White Rock

Wayne Baldwin was elected Mayor of White Rock in 2011, continuing a life-long career of public service, which included serving as White Rock’s City Manager for 23 years, Deputy Engineer for the District of North Vancouver, and as a Major in the Canadian Army.

In addition to his extensive career experience, Wayne brings a solid background of education to the office of the Mayor. He holds three degrees: a Bachelor of Science, a Master of Engineering, and a Master of Business Administration.

Wayne was a  member of the Board of the Canadian Association of Municipal Administrators and served a term as the Association’s National President.

Community involvement has always been important to Wayne. He is a Rotarian and past president of the White Rock Rotary Club, and a Paul Harris Fellow. Additionally, Wayne has served on the board of the Peace Arch Hospital and Community Health Foundation Board.

Wayne has also served as a soccer coach for eight years and as a community sports organizer. He is a member and former chairman and principal fundraiser for the South Surrey Fieldhouse Society and a former executive board member of the Peace Arch Soccer club.


John Becker

Mayor of the City of Pitt Meadows

John Becker was elected Mayor of Pitt Meadows in 2014 for a four-year term. Returning to Council after a three-year absence, John was previously a Pitt Meadows City Councillor from 2002 to 2011.

John has been a resident of this region for 35 years. Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, he moved to West Vancouver in 1967. He attended University of British Columbia (UBC) and received a Bachelor of Science degree in 1977 and a Law Degree in 1980. Following, he articled at a law firm in Maple Ridge, launched his own practice in 1981, and in 1993, relocated his law practice to Pitt Meadows.

A life-long learner, John has completed the Local Government Leadership program at Royal Roads University, a Family Enterprise Advising accreditation from UBC Sauder School of Business, and is now completing his MBA from Simon Fraser University Beedie School of Business. He is also a Certified Mediator and Facilitator.

John is an active volunteer in the community, including volunteering his time for the Parks & Leisure Services Commission, the Alcohol and Drug Treatment Centre, the Pitt Meadows Community Foundation, the Economic Development Advisory Commission, and the Agricultural Advisory Board, to name a few of his involvements.

John is married to Terry and they have two adult children who are both pursuing post-secondary education. Terry is also an active community volunteer in her own right. When John and Terry find spare time, they train for the Ride to Conquer Cancer, golf, and enjoy their other volunteer activities.

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Malcolm Brodie

Mayor of the City of Richmond

Leading up to his position in the mayor’s seat, Malcolm Brodie was a practicing lawyer with a B. Comm. from the University of Britsh Columbia in 1973 and LLB in 1974.

He was elected to Richmond Council in 1996, and following a by-election, he was sworn in as mayor in Oct., 2001. He was re-elected as mayor in 2002 and again in 2005.

Mayor Brodie was appointed First Director to the Board of Directors of the Greater Vancouver Regional District (now Metro Vancouver) and he currently serves on MV’s Land Use & Transportation Committee, Finance Committee, and MV’s Mayors’ Committee.

He represents MV on the Municipal Finance Authority and is also the Director Representative to the Greater Vancouver Transportation Authority (TransLink). Jan. 2006, he was elected as the organization’s Chair.

For his long-standing commitment to community service, he has been honoured with the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal in 2002, and the Canada 125 Medal in 1992.

Other affiliations and involvement, past and present, include:

  • Director, Richmond Board of Health;
  • Director, Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Games Bid Committee;
  • Chair of Richmond’s General Purposes Committee; member of the Finance Committee;
  • Board member, Gateway Theatre;
  • ‘ex officio’ member of the four standing committees of council;
  • Fundraising director, Richmond Caring Place;
  • Richmond Sunrise Rotary Club (named a Paul Harris Fellow); Richmond Sunset Rotary Club; Richmond Chinatown Lions Club;
  • Honorary member of the Richmond Asiana Lions Club;
  • Richmond Chamber of Commerce;
  • Canadian Cancer Society (Richmond unit) past president, fundraising chair.


Karl Buhr

Mayor of the Village of Lions Bay

Karl Buhr was elected Mayor of the Village of Lions Bay in 2014. Lions Bay’s opportunities and challenges are different than many other municipalities in Metro Vancouver, with a population of 1,400 and village limits of just 2.53 square kilometers. Located on the shores of pristine Howe Sound, the Village is a vibrant residential community of friends and neighbours. An independent municipality, its fixed costs are high and its economies of scale are low. Karl was elected on a platform of financial prudence, infrastructure focus, positive change, transparency and the embrace of the wide range of interests and values of Lions Bay residents.

Karl is a chemical engineer by education, a management consultant by training and a tech entrepreneur by profession. He grew up mostly in Cape Town, South Africa, and has since lived and worked around the world, coming to British Columbia, and Lions Bay seven years ago. As mayor of a Metro Vancouver municipality, he is a director on the Metro Vancouver Board, and a member of the 23-member Mayors’ Council on Regional Transportation.

Karl is the proud dad of an 11- and 12-year-old son and daughter, the grateful husband of Michelle, and the hard-working co-owner of an 80-lb standard poodle plus sundry other animals. He is a West Vancouver Soccer Club age group Head Coach, and West Vancouver Little League team manager and committee member. In his no-longer-ample spare time Karl is an avid winter skier and summer boater.

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Mike Clay

Mayor of the City of Port Moody

Mike was first elected to Port Moody City Council in 2005 and was re-elected in 2008, before being elected as Mayor in 2011. Over two terms on Council, Mike chaired various city committees, including: Transportation, Environmental Protection, Heritage, Finance, and Land Use, in addition to representing Council on many regional committees and Metro Vancouver.

Mike was born and currently lives in Moody Centre where his family has lived since 1935. He has been involved for the past 30+ years with the marine activities at Rocky Point Park and continues to spend much of his time in the park and the trails of Port Moody, often with his dog.

Mike has a background in computer programming and consulting, including owning a technology consulting company for the past 18 years. His particular areas of focus and strength in business have been in financial planning/accounting, including developing financial management software, and personnel management.


Jonathan Cote

Mayor of the City of New Westminster

Jonathan X. Coté was elected as Mayor of New Westminster in November 2014, after serving three consecutive terms on City Council from 2005 to 2014. Jonathan lives in the city with his wife Alix and their daughters, Renee, Leah, and Violet.

As a New Westminster Councillor, Jonathan earned a reputation as a strong leader around issues such as transportation, the local economy, and parks and recreation facilities.

Jonathan has recently been appointed to several Metro Vancouver Committees and will serve as Vice Chair of the Regional Planning Committee, a member of the Housing Committee, the Mayors’ Committee, Performance and Procurement Committee and the Zero Waste Committee. During his time as a Councillor, he was Chair of the Parks and Recreation Committee and Co-Chaired the Master Transportation Committee.

Outside of council, Jonathan worked in the insurance industry as a Senior Injury Litigation Adjuster and also completed his Master’s Degree in Urban Studies at Simon Fraser University. In his spare time, he enjoys New Westminster’s recreation facilities with his family and stays active cycling, swimming and playing tennis.

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Ralph Drew

Mayor of the Village of Belcarra

Ralph Drew has been active in municipal politics since he chaired the Village of Belcarra’s incorporation committee in 1979.

Following Belcarra’s incorporation referendum, he was appointed by the provincial government to Belcarra’s Inaugural Council Aug. 1979, and elected Alderman Nov. 1979.

He has been Mayor of Belcarra for 24 years (elected Dec. 1983) and has been on the Metro Vancouver Board of Directors for the past 26 years and is the longest serving MV Director.

Ralph is presently Chair of the Lower Mainland Treaty Advisory Committee (LMTAC), and has served as Chair of that organization for the past five years.

During his time in politics, Mayor Drew’s professional career has been as Director of Technical Services for the Canadian Fishing Company from 1986 until 2006, when he opted to semi-retire.

As director of technical services, he was chair of the Industry Advisory Committee for the BCIT Fish Harvesting & Processing Program from 1991 to 1998, served three terms as chair of the Fisheries Council of British Columbia Technical Committee, and in 2004-2005 was president of the association of Pacific Fisheries Technologists.

He received two degrees from Simon Fraser University, Bachelor of Science (Honours Chemistry) in 1971, and a Masters of Science (Inorganic Chemistry) in 1973.

Other affiliations and involvement includes:

  • 10 years as chemistry section supervisor of the Canadian Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) Fish Inspection Laboratory;
  • Former quality assurance manager, Coca-Cola Bottling, Vancouver.

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Jack Froese

Mayor of the Township of Langley

Elected to office in 2011, Mayor Jack Froese is currently serving his first term as Township of Langley Mayor.

For 32 years, Mayor Jack Froese has lived, worked and raised a family in Langley. He is the successful owner of a family run business.

Through responsible, accountable leadership, Mayor Froese works in cooperation with Council, other elected officials, and members of the community to ensure the Township of Langley remains a thriving residential and business destination. With a vision for enhanced economic activity and job creation, improved transportation, and safe, well-serviced communities, he is dedicated to providing an exceptional quality of life for those who live and work in the Township, now and in the future.

Jack serves the community as:

  • Director, METRO Board of Directors
  • Member, GVRD Mayor’s Committee
  • Member, Metro Region Finance Committee
  • Member, Metro Regional Planning Committee
  • Member, Metro Region, Agriculture Committee
  • Member, Metro Region, Utilities Committee
  • Member, Langley Citizens Committee for Criminal Justice Reform
  • Vice-Chair, Langley Healthier Community Partnership Steering Council
  • Member, Canadian Pacific Rail Community Advisory Panel

Jack owns and operates a turkey farm and turkey wholesale business with his family. Jack is also a retired Police Officer from the Vancouver Police Department.


Maria Harris

Director, Electoral Area 'A'

Maria Harris was elected in 2008 as the representative for Metro Vancouver Electoral Area ‘A’, a constituency that covers all parts of the Greater Vancouver Regional District that do not have a mayor and council. As such, she represents a number of small communities in rural parts of the region as well as the rapidly growing communities of the UBC area. 

A former economist at BC Hydro with degrees from UBC and abroad, Maria has lived on the University Endowment Lands (UEL) since 1999. She is a member of the Association of Professional Economists of BC and has taken part in numerous processes related to land-use and community planning, including serving on Metro Vancouver committees, consultation on the Coquitlam watershed and developing the UEL's Official Community Plan.

Maria also serves on the Boards of St. Mark’s and Corpus Christi Colleges, situated on UBC campus, and has been involved in a variety of volunteer activities with Vancouver’s homeless population.


Linda Hepner

Mayor of the City of Surrey

Linda M. Hepner was elected Mayor of Surrey on November 15th, 2014, after serving nine years on City Council. As Vice-Chair of the Mayors’ Council on Regional Transportation, she also holds a Director position on the TransLink Board.

Her commitment to the community is a product of a life nurtured in Surrey, having worked up the ranks within the City of Surrey for over 20 years, most recently as the Manager of Economic Development, before being elected to Council in 2005.

The Mayor’s work to date on City Council has focused on providing residents from Whalley to Semiahmoo with the ability, opportunity and amenities to live in well-balanced communities that provide jobs and promote economic viability, sustainability and livability. She has directed several key initiatives on City Council, spanning a range of environmental, economic, and community development issues.

Mayor Hepner is active in the community as well as the greater Metro Vancouver region, and is a current member of many committees and boards. She is Chair for Surrey Council, the Surrey Police Committee, and the Innovation Boulevard Mental Health and Addictions Committee; Co-Chair for the Mayor’s Business Advisory Council and Innovation Boulevard Health Tech Working Group; and a Director on the Metro Vancouver Board.

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Lois Jackson

Mayor of the Corporation of Delta

She was first elected to serve the people on council in 1973, and since then, Lois Jackson has maintained her long-standing commitment to public service.

She won the mayor’s seat in 1999, and is a director with Metro Vancouver’s Labour Relations Bureau.

Mayor Jackson is an elected representative for the Lower Mainland Treaty Advisory Committee (LMTAC) and a representative for MV on the Western Transportation Advisory Committee.

During her tenure in public service, she’s been the recipient of numerous awards and accolades including the Union of British Columbia Municipalities Long Service Award in 2005.

She was honoured with the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Commemorative Medal in 2005, and in 1993, was awarded the 125th Anniversary of the Canadian Confederation Medal for outstanding contribution to community service.

Other affiliations and involvement includes:

  • Chair, Delta Police Board;
  • Chair, Delta Standing Committee on Agriculture;
  • Chair, Delta Standing Committee on Finance;
  • Chair, Delta Standing Committee on Tourism and Economic Development.

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Craig Keating

Councillor of the City of North Vancouver

Councillor Craig Keating has been appointed the permanent delegate representing the City of North Vancouver. Councillor Keating is serving his fifth term on City Council since being elected for the first time in 1999.

Councillor Keating holds a PhD in History from McMaster University and has taught history at the University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University and Langara College. His work has also been published in journals in Canada, the United States and Europe.

An avid outdoor enthusiast, Councillor Keating enjoys hiking, jogging, skiing, camping and kayaking.

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Greg Moore

Mayor of the City of Port Coquitlam

Greg Moore is a lifelong resident of Port Coquitlam and is serving his second term as Mayor. Previously, he served two terms as a City Councillor from 2002-2008.

Greg’s past council committee appointments include Alternate Director, Metro Vancouver Board of Directors, Chair and Deputy Chair, Environmental Protection Committee, Council Liaison, Youth Advisory Committee and City Representative, School District #42 Municipal Liaison Committee.

Greg has earned a Masters of Business Administration (with emphasis in Digital Technology) from Royal Roads University and Bachelor Degree in Urban Geography/Planning from Simon Fraser University.

John McEwen

Mayor of the Village of Anmore

Current bio is forthcoming


Nicole Read

Mayor of the District of Maple Ridge

Nicole Read was elected as Mayor of the District of Maple Ridge in November 2014. Prior to being elected as Mayor, she served on the Maple Ridge Community Heritage Commission and, as an engaged parent, she served two terms on her son’s elementary school Parent Advisory Committee. Mayor Read has an extensive resume and proven record of collaboration with senior levels of government, First Nations and Crown Corporations.

Mayor Read completed post-secondary studies at Simon Fraser University, earning a Bachelor of Arts in History in 1999 and a Master of Arts in History in 2003. From 2000-2003, she also worked as a Historical Research Consultant for Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada. In 2003, she founded THG The History Group Inc., which has grown to be a foremost provider of project management and historical consulting services in Canada, and created jobs for over 100 people in five cities across Canada.

Over the years, Mayor Read has completed several key volunteer projects, including work for Carnegie Centre at Main and Hastings, and the Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre. Locally, she is a passionate advocate for complete communities and sustainable development practices that balance growth, environment, and social well-being of the community.

Mayor Read was born in Vancouver and, at a young age, moved to Burnaby, where she and her brother were raised by her loving mother. At her inaugural, Mayor Read thanked her mother for being a role model and source of inspiration. Mayor Read has now been a resident of Maple Ridge for nearly a decade, raising two young, active boys together with her husband, Steven.

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Gregor Robertson

Mayor of the City of Vancouver

Gregor Robertson was first elected Mayor of Vancouver in 2008.

Gregor is committed to building a sustainable and prosperous future for Vancouver. Prior to entering politics, Gregor co-founded Happy Planet, and grew the Vancouver-based socially responsible company up to 50 employees in 10 years. Happy Planet produces organic juices, promotes health and nutrition, and supports family farms and communities. Happy Planet received the Ethics in Action Award in 2004, and was awarded the Vancouver Mayor's Environmental Award for exemplary achievement in 2003. For his achievements as a successful entrepreneur and community leader, Gregor was named one of Canada’s “Top 40 under 40” by The Globe and Mail in 2004.

In 2005, Gregor was elected MLA for Vancouver–Fairview and served as the Opposition Critic for Advanced Education and the Critic for Small Business and Revenue.

Gregor has a long record of involvement in the community. He has served on a number of boards, working for sustainable farming and forestry, and to protect wild salmon. Through his business, he's helped support over a thousand community organizations and events, from the Food Bank to the Folk Festival.

Gregor is an ardent bike commuter, and in his spare moments he plays soccer, explores the great outdoors, and gets musical.

Ted Schaffer

Ted Schaffer

Mayor of the City of Langley

Ted Schaffer was first elected to Langley City Council in November 1990. Ted chose not to run in the 2008 election after he was asked by a major hydroelectric contractor to reorganize and manage part of their operation. Re-elected in November 2011 and now retired, Ted Schaffer has the dedication, experience and time to work for the citizens of Langley City, and believes he can get the job done effectively.

On July 31, 2013, in a majority vote of Council, Ted Schaffer was elected Acting Mayor, replacing Peter Fassbender who had resigned due to being elected MLA in the Provincial election.

Before working for the electrical contractor, Ted Schaffer retired with over thirty-five years of service with the City of New Westminster. In addition to the 18 years he proudly served on Langley City Council, Ted was involved as a member and director of the Rotary Club of Langley, the advisory panel for a Credit Union, a city representative to the Langley Seniors Resource Centre and city representative to the Lower Mainland Treaty Association. Ted was also a coach, umpire and president of the 1200 Member Langley Girls Softball Association.

Murray Skeels

Mayor of Bowen Island

Current bio is forthcoming

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Michael Smith

Mayor of the District of West Vancouver

Mayor Michael Smith was first elected to Council in 2005, re-elected in 2008 and was elected by acclamation (2011) to the Office of Mayor.

Michael previously served on the West Vancouver School Board from 1982-1990. He was Chairman of the Finance and Facilities Committees of the Board for all eight years and was Board Chairman in 1985-1986.

Michael has also served on the North Shore Union Board of Health, on several Municipal Committees and is an Honorary Director of the Lions Gate Hospital Foundation.

A West Vancouver resident for 50 years, he graduated from West Vancouver High School and the University of British Columbia. For the past 25 years Michael has owned and managed M.R. Smith Limited, the wholesale distributor for Imperial Oil and ExxonMobil in the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley. Prior to this, he worked as a territory manager for a major oil company and as an account executive for a national commercial lender. He has been a Director of several public and private companies involved in finance, newspapers, oil and gas exploration, and mining.

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Richard Stewart

Mayor of the City of Coquitlam

Before becoming Mayor, Richard was a City of Coquitlam Council member and private sector communications consultant specializing in government relations and consumer housing issues. He is bilingual (English and French) and has lived all his life in Coquitlam.

Richard studied economics and business administration at Simon Fraser University. From 1985 to 1994, he was publisher/editor of a trade magazine, was a building technical consultant, and a consultant in government relations, corporate communications and public relations.

From 1994 to 1998, Richard was the Director of Corporate Communications for BC's largest builder of single-family homes. He has also served as Chair of the National Housing Economic Research Council in Ottawa, and as President of the Canadian Home Builders’ Association of British Columbia.

He was elected MLA for Coquitlam-Maillardville in 2001 and was the appointed MLA Responsible for Francophone Affairs, member of the Government Caucus Committee on the Economy, and Chair of the Select Standing Committee on Education.

Richard was elected as Coquitlam City Councillor in 2005 and as Mayor in 2008, and currently sits as a director for Metro Vancouver. He has recently served as a director for the Lower Mainland Local Government Association and for the GVRD labour Relations Bureau.

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Bryce Williams

Chief of the Tsawwassen First Nation

Chief Bryce Williams' Haida name is "Yaahl liwaans," which translates to "Big Raven." His mother is from Haida Gwaii and his father is a Coast Salish from Tsawwassen.

Chief Williams was elected Chief and Executive Council member for the Tsawwassen First Nation (TFN) Government on September 5, 2012. He became the youngest Member in TFN history to be elected to Government, when he was elected to the first Executive Council under Treaty in 2009. He built on that experience to become one of the youngest elected Chiefs of TFN at 23.

Chief Williams brings an important perspective to the TFN Government. The majority of the TFN population is under the age of 25 and one of Chief Williams's goals is to be a positive role model to youth through serving his community. He believes deeply in enhancing TFN's culture and heritage and is focused on ensuring that TFN continues its economic growth in order to create a more promising, stable and prosperous future for the Tsawwassen People.

Chief Williams is also a talented Haida artist—another in a family of many great artists, carvers, painters and weavers. After graduating high school, Chief Williams moved to Massett, BC, and started his apprentice under master carver Christian White. During his apprenticeship, he was encouraged to join his "Tluu Xaada Naay" dance group where he learned to drum and sing. Chief Williams is a past recipient of the YVR Art Foundation Scholarship through the Audain Foundation for the Visual Arts. He has also been named as one of South Delta's Top 30 under 30 in 2010.

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