Council Members


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Jonathan X. Cote, Chair

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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Jack Froese, Vice-Chair

Mayor of the Township of Langley

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

For 40 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, METRO Mayor’s Committee
  • Member, Metro Regional Planning Committee
  • Vice-Chair, Langley Healthier Community Partnership Steering Council
  • Board Member, E-Comm 911
  • 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.


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Gary Ander

Mayor of the Bowen Island Municipality

Prior to being elected as Mayor in 2018, Gary Ander served as Municipal Councillor for Bowen Island during the 2014-2018 term. Gary has been actively involved in the Bowen community for over 25 years, serving on various municipal and community organizations.

A full time resident for the past 26 years, and part time resident previous to that for another 20 years, Gary brings a wealth of knowledge of Bowen Issues and a deep passion for island living. A dedicated family man, Gary is the father of 5 great kids, who grew up building forts in the woods and swimming at the beach on Bowen. Previous to local politics, Gary flew for Air Canada for 35 years, retiring as Captain at Age 60 in 2010. During his years on Bowen, he was partner in a successful contracting company and built many homes for Bowen residents. Currently he enjoys building on a part time basis.

Gary is a collaborative team player and natural leader with a positive can-do attitude and a common sense approach. He feels very strongly that through our inevitable period of growth that we must be very cautious to not lose what makes Bowen – “Bowen”! A measured, balanced approach to all aspects of governance, that above all else, maintains the sanctity of our precious, natural Bowen Island and the caring, passionate community within.


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Neil Belenkie

Mayor of the Village of Belcarra

Neil Belenkie has spent his professional career creating partnerships between people; ensuring that everyone wins every time.

A Business in Vancouver Top 40 under 40 Award winner, Neil’s corporate experience includes co-founding and leading the GrowthPoint Group, a professional services firm in Vancouver. Neil was CEO of Sirona Biochem (Vancouver) and TFChem (Normandy, France), together listed on the TSX-V, OTCQX and Frankfurt public exchanges. Neil’s international experience also includes being retained by the Flanders Government in Belgium to lead international economic development. Neil’s current roles include CEO of The $2,000 Coffee and co-founder of Sploda Technologies.

In the community, Neil has been a volunteer firefighter with the Sasamat Volunteer Fire Department for 9 years. He is married to his wonderful wife Bronwen Belenkie and they are parents of four young children.


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Mary-Ann Booth

Mayor of the District of West Vancouver

A long-time resident of West Vancouver, Mary-Ann Booth has worked in municipal government for over a decade and brings experience, vision and passion to her new role as West Vancouver's mayor. Serving on Council from 2011–2018, she was also a school trustee with the West Vancouver Board of Education from 2005–2011, the last three years as Chair.

Holding both Commerce and Law degrees from the University of British Columbia, Mary-Ann practised law for almost 20 years, holding positions as a civil litigator, business law lecturer, Provincial crown prosecutor and in-house counsel.

Mary-Ann is driven by a desire to make West Vancouver as livable, vibrant and inclusive as possible.


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Malcolm Brodie

Mayor of the City of Richmond

Malcolm Brodie has been a member of Richmond City Council since 1996. Following a by-election, he was sworn in as Mayor on October 29, 2001 and was re-elected in 2002, 2005, 2008, 2011, 2014, and 2018.

Mayor Brodie has been appointed as First Director to the Board of Directors of Metro Vancouver since taking office in 2001. He is currently the Chair of Metro Vancouver’s Zero Waste Committee and also serves on the Intergovernmental & Finance Committee, the Mayors' Committee, the Regional Parks Committee, and the Industrial Lands Strategy Task Force. He has represented Metro Vancouver on the Municipal Finance Authority as a Trustee since 2006, Vice Chair from 2009-2015, and Chair since March 2015. Mayor Brodie was appointed by UBCM to the Local Government RCMP Contract Management Committee from 2013-2017. He was also UBCM's appointee to the PRIMECorp Board of Directors from 2013-2014. The Mayor was a Director on the Board of the Greater Vancouver Transportation Authority (TransLink) from 2002-2007 and served as Chair in 2006-2007. Since then, he has been a member of the TransLink Council of Mayors.

Mayor Brodie is the Chair of the City’s General Purposes Committee and the Finance Committee. In addition, the Mayor is an ‘ex officio’ member of the remaining four Standing Committees of Council.

Before election to Council, Mayor Brodie was a practising lawyer and had a long record of service to Richmond in the volunteer community. In honour of his contributions and achievements in the community, Mayor Brodie was a recipient of the Commemorative Medal for the 125th Anniversary of the Confederation of Canada (1992), the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal (2002), the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal (2012), and the Canada 150th Anniversary Medal (2017).


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Linda Buchanan

Mayor of the City of North Vancouver

Mayor Buchanan’s values and passion for our City come naturally to her. Her late father, Jim Buchanan, was a popular high school principal whose memory is celebrated with the annual Buchanan Bowl football game. Her mother, Verna, was a nurse and remains a long-time community volunteer. Mayor Buchanan states both her parents provided a deep foundation to the value of family, deep times to our community and an understanding of the diverse people who live here.

After graduating from Carson Graham Secondary School and the University of British Columbia (Honors), Mayor Buchanan pursued her family’s commitment to people and community through a career in nursing, providing preventative health services working with the Squamish Nation; health promotion to children, youth and families; and working in schools and community clinics.

As a past School Trustee Mayor Buchanan played a leadership role in the revitalization of the City’s schools. She is one of the founding members of the Ridgeway Heritage Committee and is proud of their success in having Ridgeway Elementary, one of the most significant heritage buildings in North Vancouver, restored. People who know Mayor Buchanan describe her as an exceptional leader, a collaborator and a strong advocate for our community.

Mayor Buchanan is the principle author of the North Shore Child and Family Friendly Charter and as a Councillor championed the creation of the Child, Youth and Family Municipal Strategy and the Dementia Friendly Action Plan. She is a strong supporter of improving the quality of living for residents that focuses on programs and services, the public spaces, arts and culture, and infrastructure that makes our City, a people place.

Mayor Buchanan lives with her husband and their four children. She is a proud hockey mom, an avid walker, tennis player, and jazz music enthusiast.


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Bill Dingwall

Mayor of the City of Pitt Meadows

Bill has lived in Pitt Meadows since 1984 and was extremely honoured to be elected as Mayor in 2018. Prior to this term, Bill served Pitt Meadows citizens as City Councillor from 2014-2018.

Bill has enjoyed extensive careers in the public service, including 36 years with the RCMP where he served in a variety of operational roles, including four years as Ridge Meadows Chief of Police. In the last eight years with the RCMP he held executive leadership roles, rising to the rank of Chief Superintendent. Bill has a Bachelor’s degree from Simon Fraser University, a Law Degree (Magna Cum Laude) from the University of Ottawa and is a Chartered Professional in Human Resources (CPHR).

Bill has a been actively involved in a variety of volunteer and charitable activities over the years, including Cops for Cancer, the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics, mission relief renovation work for victims of Hurricane Katrina in Alabama, and participating in the walk for Crossroads Hospice Society. He was also referee-in-chief for Ridge Meadows Hockey Association, referred hockey, was a member of Rotary and coached hockey and competitive fastball.

Bill met his wife, Erna, in high school and they’ve been together ever since. They have two married children (daughter and son), four grandchildren, and are thrilled their families live in Pitt Meadows.

Bill’s hobbies include “the kids and grandkids,” gardening, camping, golf, carpentry/renovations and enjoying their recently restored 1970 Challenger originally owned in high school.


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George Harvie

Mayor of the City of Delta

Mayor Harvie, a long-time resident of South Delta, was appointed Chief Administrative Officer for the City of Delta in 2001. Before this appointment, he was employed with the City of Burnaby where he served over 30 years in a number of positions including Deputy City Manager, Director of Human Resources and Manager of the Environmental Health Department. For his outstanding community service, he was recognized with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.

A strong advocate for the Delta community, he was successful in bringing together senior levels of government to resolve local issues and bring significant benefits to Delta. With his vision and leadership, he transformed Delta’s financial management to place Delta as one of the best managed municipalities in British Columbia. With 45 years of local government service, he provided leadership to all departments to ensure they meet their responsibilities and that Council’s directions and policies were carried out.

Mayor Harvie has a B.A. in Economics from Simon Fraser University, an Administrative Management Special Certificate and an Environmental Health Diploma of Technology from the British Columbia Institute of Technology. He also studied Advanced Management at Dalhousie University.


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Mike Hurley

Mayor of the City of Burnaby

I was born in Magherafelt, Northern Ireland, in 1958 and came to Canada in 1983 at the young age of 25. Music and Gaelic football dominated my youth as did soccer which advanced me to a semi-professional league.

I first settled in Vancouver and moved to Burnaby in 1988. My wife, Jennifer, and I met in 1998 and we have three boys who are in elementary school. And, I have a daughter, who is attending Simon Fraser University.

I joined the Burnaby Fire Department in 1988. Throughout my career, I’ve held many positions – driver; technical rescue team member; hazardous material specialist; instructor; Lieutenant, Captain and Acting Assistant Chief.

I was the Vice-President of the Burnaby Fire Fighters Association from 1996 – 2001 and the President from 2001 – 2009. I was also the President of the BC Provincial Fire Fighters Association from 2008 – 2016.

As President of the Professional Fire Fighters’ Burn Fund, I led the effort to raise $15 million to build a facility that accommodates families and burn unit outpatients for Vancouver General Hospital and BC Children’s Hospital.

My second “home” is with the Burnaby Fire Fighters Charitable Society. The Society raises money for community groups and non-profit organizations which supports more than 50 charities. Over $800,000 annually is given for bursaries and they operate a Nutritional Food Program that benefits kids at 26 elementary schools, four high schools and four youth centres.

I was honoured to receive the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal in 2002 and the Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012


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Justin LeBlanc

Director of Electoral Area A

Justin LeBlanc was elected by acclamation to the office of Director of Electoral Area A during the local government elections in 2018. The Electoral Area of Metro Vancouver encompasses communities and areas of the region that are not incorporated into a municipality, with most of its population residing on or adjacent to the University of British Columbia (UBC) campus.

Since 2004, Justin has enjoyed living in the multifamily residential neighborhood of the University Endowment Lands (UEL), one of the unincorporated communities of the Electoral Area. As a member of the UEL Community Advisory Council since 2016, Justin has represented his community to the governing provincial administration run by the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing. Justin chaired a committee whose work spurred the administration to increase access to bicycle-related infrastructure in the UEL. He was also appointed to represent his community during the stakeholder consultations organized by the Mobility Pricing Independent Commission to explore decongestion charging in Metro Vancouver.

Justin is a research scientist with 12 years of work experiences in government and academic laboratories, at the Chalk River Laboratories site of Atomic Energy of Canada Limited and at Queen’s University and UBC. Following his undergraduate degree in biochemistry at Queen’s University, Justin earned his Ph.D. in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at UBC. His doctoral research was in the subdiscipline of environmental microbiology with applications to microbial bioremediation of contaminated soils. As a volunteer, Justin led a successful composting program at the UBC research facility where he worked, and he partnered with a science advocacy group, in large part to promote topics of environmental sustainability to schoolchildren.

Justin has always been a dedicated user of public transit, and in recent years he has become an avid cyclist on his gifted bike assembled from reused parts.


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Mike Little

Mayor of the District of North Vancouver

Mike Little was elected Mayor of the District of North Vancouver in 2018, having previously served three terms as a Councillor from 2004 to 2015.

Mike is a lifelong resident of the District of North Vancouver with a long record of volunteer and leadership roles within his community. Mike began volunteering with the Rotary Club in the 1990s and has since served on over 15 community boards across North Vancouver.

Passionate about his community and accessibility issues, Mike served for seven years on the Advisory Committee on Disabilities Issues, a tri-municipal board committed to removing barriers for persons with disabilities. An avid historian, Mike chaired the North Vancouver Heritage Commission where he helped preserve the pioneer home of Mollie Nye for public use in Lynn Valley and established an inventory of the community’s historical buildings.

As a former Councillor, Mike was appointed to several regional boards including Metro Vancouver Parks and Environment Committee, Port Cities Committee, and the Greater Vancouver Labour Relations Bureau.

Prior to serving as Mayor, Mike chaired the North Vancouver District Public Library board, where he advocated for unfettered public access to high quality public resources.

Mike holds a degree in political science and has had a successful career working in international shipping. He lives in the Seymour area with his wife and four school-aged children.


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Doug McCallum

Mayor of the City of Surrey

Doug McCallum was elected to his fourth term as Mayor on October 20th, 2018. Mayor McCallum and Surrey City Council are focused on delivering the initiatives residents have called for.

On November 5th, immediately following their Inauguration Ceremony, Mayor and Council went straight to work unanimously passing a motion to cancel the Surrey Newton Guildford LRT project and to begin work on extending the existing SkyTrain network in Surrey from King George Station to Langley City. Council also unanimously approved a motion to create a Surrey Police Department and serve notice to the federal and provincial governments that the City of Surrey is terminating its contract with the RCMP municipal police service.

A third key priority is to pause rapid expansion while creating smart development guidelines to ensure infrastructure keeps up with growth.

Mayor McCallum’s substantive history of service to the City speaks to his determination and drive to achieve meaningful results for Surrey residents. Elected to Surrey City Council in 1993, he served as Chair of the Finance Committee and sat as a member of the Parks and Recreation Commission and the Library Board.

Throughout the course of three mayoral terms from 1996 to 2005, Mayor McCallum provided leadership to the region through his service on the GVRD TransLink Committee, he succeeded in keeping property taxes low for Surrey residents, and left the city in a solid financial position with a $300 million dollar surplus and no debt.


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John McEwen

Mayor of the Village of Anmore

Current bio is forthcoming

 

 


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Ron McLaughlin

Mayor of the Village of Lions Bay

Ron McLaughlin has been a 40-year resident of the Village of Lions Bay and has served the Community as a two term Councillor from 2011-2018 before becoming Mayor by acclamation in 2018. The Village of Lions Bay, located in super natural Howe Sound is rural in nature, is tiny in size at 2.53 square kilometers, and has a vibrant residential community of 1,350 friends and neighbours. It is a self-sufficient municipality that is not part of the Metro Vancouver Water District or the Sewerage and Drainage District. Lions Bay’s fixed costs are high, its economies of scale are low, and with an insignificant commercial component to its tax base the homeowners bear most costs to live in this distinctive Community. Ron’s platform was focused on infrastructure and transparent communication with identified time lines for goal achievement.

After graduating from UBC Ron worked for a Schedule A bank for 32 years, before retiring. His focus as a senior corporate banker was large corporate lending, and sophisticated cash management, or foreign exchange solutions. Ron is also a past 10-year board member of The Salvation Army and during this time was the Chairman of its largest corporate fundraiser, The Hope in the City Breakfast. 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.

Ron is the proud dad of 3 adult sons, the husband of Mary, and the notional alpha male to 2 independent minded cats. Ron is an avid winter skier and summer boater and golfer.


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Mike Morden

Mayor of the City of Maple Ridge

Current bio is forthcoming

 

 


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Kennedy Stewart

Mayor of the City of Vancouver

Kennedy Stewart is the 40th Mayor of Vancouver and the city’s first independent Mayor in three decades. Born in Nova Scotia, Stewart moved to Vancouver in 1989 and earned a Masters degree in urban politics and policy at Simon Fraser University before completing a Ph.D on world cities at the London School of Economics in the U.K. In 2011, Stewart was elected as a Member of Parliament where he served for seven years. A tenured SFU policy professor, Stewart lives in Vancouver with his wife Dr. Jeanette Ashe.


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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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Rob Vagramov

Mayor of the City of Port Moody

Among the youngest leaders ever elected to serve Port Moody when he first joined City Council in 2014, Robert Vagramov has a passion for public service, a commitment to good government that serves all of our community, and a bold vision for the city’s future that will keep Port Moody’s amazing quality of life front and centre as the city grows.

Rob grew up in Port Moody, and has resided in the diverse neighbourhoods of Seaview, Moody Centre, and the North Shore. Seeking freedom and a fresh start, Rob’s family settled here in the 1990’s, having escaped Ukraine during the Soviet collapse. This experience sparked Rob’s political interests early in life, and drew him to study Business Management and Political Science at the University of Ottawa.

As a business professional, Rob has built expertise in digital technology and media. Over the last 8 years he has worked for a Vancouver-based technology firm, operating as an independent contractor - a one-man small business. Providing media services to a local NGO has given Rob the opportunity to combine his professional skills with his commitment to positive societal change.

At City Hall, Rob has chaired or vice-chaired a broad range of civic committees, including the Community Planning Advisory Committee, the Environmental Protection Committee, the Youth Focus Committee, the Seniors’ Focus Committee, the Master Transportation Plan Steering Committee, and the Transportation Committee.

During his time on Council, Rob brought important local initiatives to the Council table, which include investigating the divestment of city investments from risky fossil fuel markets, protecting and expanding the city’s key Park assets (Bert Flinn Park, and Rocky Point Park), using the City Owned Lands for community uses, fast-tracking the phasing out of single use plastics, investigating the removal of Ioco Road from Translink’s Major Road Network to restrict thru traffic, and others.

Throughout his term, Rob made his name as the responder on Council. Whether it was during the Sinkhole Crisis that hit Seaview/College Park, or when the Save Bert Flinn Park movement came knocking on City Hall’s doors, or when SD43 planned since-cancelled changes to school cachement areas, Rob was ready and eager to help bring resident concerns to the Council table, and do everything possible to advocate for prompt solutions.

Rob was recently elected by the Mayors and Councillors of the Lower Mainland to serve as Vice President of the Lower Mainland LGA (Local Government Association), after three years of service on its Board of Directors.

With a steady eye on Port Moody’s future, Rob brings his own fresh perspective to the challenges that come before City Council. He strives to stay open to new ideas – especially those coming from the community – and never hesitates to stand up for what he sincerely believes.


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Val van den Broek

Mayor of the City of Langley

Mayor van den Broek was first elected as a Langley City Councillor in 2014 and, after just four years on Council, she was elected as mayor on October 20, 2018.

Val has been a proud resident of the community for almost 20 years. She has worked in an administrative role within the Federal RCMP and Corrections agencies for 20 years, including as Coordinator at the Langley City Community Police Office for 8 years, and 10 years at the Langley RCMP Detachment. She is a Langley RCMP Auxiliary Constable and the former Vice President of the Langley Crime Prevention Society. This immense experience has given Val invaluable insights which afford her a clear perspective on the social issues facing communities today.

Val and her husband Rob love to travel, and as an avid photographer she has thousands of photos which tell the stories of her “off the beaten path” adventures. Closer to home, they can often be seen walking their two rescue dogs on the amazing trail systems within the community.

Val is passionate about her community and embraces her role as mayor as an opportunity to work closely with Council and with other levels of government to continue to move this community forward!


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Darryl Walker

Mayor of the City of White Rock

Darryl Walker was elected to the Office of the Mayor, for the City of White Rock, on October 20, 2018 and has been a resident of White Rock since 1970.

Mayor Walker’s public service career began over 40 years ago when he first joined the BC Public Service, in 1973, as a Health Care Worker at the Riverview Hospital/Forensic Institute, until his retirement in 2014. Throughout his career, Mayor Walker was also active with the BC Government and Service Employees Union, where he served as Provincial Vice President (1999 to 2008) and President (2008 to 2014), prior to his retirement.

In addition to his extensive career in public service, Mayor Walker believes in giving back to the community. For example, he has coached many kids’ sports and was a recent member for the City of White Rock’s Economic Investment Committee and Environment Advisory Committee.


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Brad West

Mayor of the City of Port Coquitlam

A life-long resident of Port Coquitlam, Brad West was first elected to Council in 2008. He was re-elected in 2011 and 2014, receiving the most votes of all candidates both times. In 2018, Brad was elected at the 16th Mayor of the City of Port Coquitlam. Brad is focused on the key priorities of our residents:

  • Ensuring Port Coquitlam is the best place in BC to raise a family.
  • Making life more affordable for everyone, especially working families and seniors.
  • Respecting taxpayers with responsible financial management.
  • Attracting more and diverse businesses and amenities to Port Coquitlam, especially our downtown.
  • Promoting sports and recreation opportunities for young people.
  • Enhancing our natural environment, rivers, trails and parks.

Brad lives in PoCo with his wife Blaire. In 2017, the couple welcomed their first child, Liam. Becoming a Dad motivates Brad every day to make Port Coquitlam a place future generations will be proud to call home. With a young son, a mortgage and the costs of raising a family, Brad understands first hand the challenges facing many people in our community. He is in touch with the lives of regular people because he is one. He is a graduate of the University of Victoria, St. Francis Xavier University and most recently completed a program in Leadership at Harvard University.


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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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