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Mayors’ Council on Regional Transportation

The Mayors’ Council is the collective voice of Metro Vancouver residents on transit and transportation. Our members include representatives from each of the 21 municipalities in Translink’s service area, as well as Electoral Area 'A' and the Tsawwassen First Nation.

Mayors’ Council Meetings

The Mayors’ Council usually meets once per month at TransLink’s head office in New Westminster. Mayors’ Council Public Meetings are streamed live on the Mayors’ Council’s YouTube channel.

Ahead of each meeting, we will publish an agenda package to confirm the date and time of each meeting below. Most monthly meetings are open for the public to attend, participate, and provide input to the Mayors’ Council. Meetings are governed by three different policies:

Time is allocated at every meeting to receive presentations from the public. Learn more about applying to speak at a Mayors’ Council below.

Upcoming Meeting Dates and Agendas:

Date Time Location Documents
Jan. 27, 2022 10:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  Livestreamed to the TransLink YouTube Channel 
Feb. 24, 2022 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Livestreamed to the Mayors' Council YouTube Channel
April 22, 2022  9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Livestreamed to the Mayors' Council YouTube Channel
May 26, 2022 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Livestreamed to the TransLink YouTube Channel 
June 30, 2022 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Livestreamed to the Translink YouTube Channel
July 28, 2022 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. This meeting has been cancelled
Sept. 29, 2022 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Livestreamed to the Mayors' Council YouTube Channel
Oct. 27, 2022 9 a.m. to 9:45 a.m.
This meeting has been cancelled
Nov. 17, 2022 (Inaugural Meeting) 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Livestreamed to the Mayors' Council YouTube Channel
Dec. 8, 2022 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Livestreamed to the Mayors' Council YouTube Channel
Date Time Location Documents
Jan. 28, 2021 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  Livestreamed to the Mayors' Council YouTube Channel 
Feb. 25, 2021 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Livestreamed to the Mayors' Council YouTube Channel
April 1, 2021 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Livestreamed to the Mayors' Council YouTube Channel
April 29, 2021  9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Livestreamed to the Mayors' Council YouTube Channel
May 27, 2021 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Livestreamed to the Mayors' Council YouTube Channel
June 24, 2021 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Livestreamed to the Mayors' Council YouTube Channel
July 29, 2021 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Livestreamed to the Mayors' Council YouTube Channel
Sept. 29, 2021 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Livestreamed to the Mayors' Council YouTube Channel
Oct. 22, 2021 9 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. Livestreamed to the Mayors' Council YouTube Channel
Dec. 3, 2021 9 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.
Livestreamed to the Mayors' Council YouTube Channel
Date Time Location Documents
Jan. 30, 2020 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. TransLink Head Office
Feb. 27, 2020 11 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Ballroom East and West, Anvil Centre
777 Columbia St, New Westminster, BC, V3M 1B6
April 23, 2020 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Livestreamed to the Mayors’ Council YouTube Channel
May 28, 2020 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Livestreamed to the Mayors’ Council YouTube Channel
June 25, 2020 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Livestreamed to the Mayors’ Council YouTube Channel
July 30, 2020 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Livestreamed to the Mayors’ Council YouTube Channel
Oct. 1, 2020 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Livestreamed to the Mayors' Council YouTube Channel
Oct. 29, 2020 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Livestreamed to the Mayors' Council YouTube Channel
Dec. 3, 2020 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Livestreamed to the Mayors' Council YouTube Channel

The Mayors’ Council policy governing public delegates at its regularly scheduled meetings can be found in the Mayors' Council Public Delegate Policy and is summarized on this below. This information will guide prospective public delegates in applying and preparing to speak to the Mayors’ Council.

In the interest of time, we ask that organizations designate one speaker to represent them as a delegate. The first person to register from an organization will be its designated spokesperson, and other representatives will be added to the speakers' list if time permits.

Personal information collected on the application form below will be used to process your application and to follow up with you. Your name, affiliation, and the topic you wish to speak to will form part of the agenda and will be provided to the board at the beginning of the meeting and to the media upon request.

All applicants will be contacted by the Mayors’ Council Secretariat, no later than noon the day before the meeting. 

If more people have requested to be on the delegation list than the allotted time permits, the delegation list will be selected according to the following:

  • First priority will go to those who want to speak about an item that the Mayors' Council is scheduled to discuss at the meeting, particularly people or organizations who have not yet had an opportunity to speak to the Mayors' Council on the subject.

  • When more people want to speak about items on that day's Mayors' Council agenda than the allotted time permits, there may be a limit of four speakers on an individual topic and an effort will be made to hear different viewpoints.

  • Those who want to speak about items not on the Mayors' Council's agenda that day will be next in line to be added to the delegation list. The priority will be to hear from people who haven't yet had the opportunity to make a presentation on a particular topic.

If you have any questions, contact the Office of the Corporate Secretary at 778.375.6784.

The Council strongly supports the benefits that come from the opportunities to share ideas in a public forum and is committed to providing an environment that promotes the exchange of ideas and information in a respectful way.

The Mayors’ Council Chair will exercise discretion in maintaining a reasonable level of order and decorum. Participants are reminded that different points of view are respected, and discussions are kept above the level of personal confrontation, disruptive behaviour and profanity.

Apply to Speak at a Mayors' Council Meeting

The deadline to apply to speak at a public meeting of the Mayors’ Council is at 8 a.m. two working days prior to the meeting.

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Council Reports and Archives

Below are archived reports and agendas from the Mayors’ Council.


Governance Reports

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About the Mayors’ Council on Regional Transportation

The Mayors’ Council on Regional Transportation (Mayors’ Council) has a range of responsibilities. It appoints most members on the TransLink Board of Directors from nominees provided by an Independent Screening Panel.  It also approves long-term transportation plans prepared by TransLink including transportation service levels, major capital projects, and regional funding and borrowing limits. It also oversees and regulates short-term fares, customer surveys and complaint processes, sale of major facilities and assets, and director and executive compensation levels.

The Mayors’ Council is composed of representatives from each of the 21 municipalities within the transportation service region, as well as Electoral Area ’A’ and the Tsawwassen First Nation, and collectively represent the viewpoints and interests of the citizens of the region.

For details on the Mayors’ Council responsibilities and how our governance is structured, visit our Governance Model page and the Mayors’ Council's Website.

Mayors’ Council Members

Gary Ander

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 to2018 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.

Acting Chief Chemkwaat

Valerie Cross

Acting Chief of the Tsawwassen First Nation

Chemkwaat, Valerie Cross, is a proud of citizen of the Tsawwassen First Nation and was raised on the former Tsawwassen reserve by her grandparents Isaac and Pearl Williams. Her time with her grandparents provided her with strong roots to her heritage and a deep connection to the Tsawwassen lands, people and culture. Valerie is extremely, honoured to carry her great, great grandmother’s Squamish name, Chemkwaat.

Her compassion, commitment and passion for helping people are key to her successes at Tsawwassen First Nation. Valerie served her nation for 11 ½ years in a variety of roles, including band manager, treaty negotiator (pre-treaty) and manager of government services (post treaty). She worked tirelessly with the treaty team on an ambitious 40 project implementation work plan during the transition period leading up to the Effective Date of the Treaty (April 3, 2009).

As manager of government services for Tsawwassen First Nation she was responsible for the daily operation of Tsawwassen’s public institutions, including its Legislature and Executive Council. She played an integral part in growth and development of the Tsawwassen Legislature and has a passion for integrating culture and blending modern governance practices with traditional ones. She strongly believes in the benefits of a Treaty to the Tsawwassen people.

Valerie also believes that all First Nation people can take control of their lives by whatever means is right for them and is committed to sharing her experiences and knowledge to whoever may want, need or welcome them. In 2014, her beliefs and experience lead her to Naut’sa mawt Tribal Council where she held the position of Director of Advisory Services and was to committed to provide useful, relevant and helpful services to the 11 Coast Salish member nations that belong to the Tribal Council. In 2021 Valerie moved from Indigenous Governance to academia, and now currently works at BCcampus as Director of Collaborative Projects and Indigenous engagement and also serves on SFU’s Indigenous Governance Committee. In 2020, Valerie completed SFU’s Executive IBL program to obtain her Masters in Business Administration and values education for Indigenous Peoples of all ages.

In April 2016 her people elected her to the Tsawwassen Legislature, where she continues to serve, and in April 2019 she was also elected to the role of Executive Councillor. Upon the passing of Chief Swәnnәset, Ken Baird, Valerie has been appointed as Acting Chief until the October 2022 election. Valerie believes in building relationships that lead to collaboration, unity, wellness and happiness.

Jamie Ross

Jamie Ross

Mayor of the Village of Belcarra

My wife and I have lived in Belcarra since 1989.

Our daughter was born in 1995, and together we have enjoyed the trails, lakes, ocean and people of Belcarra.

I have worked as a teacher, teacher- leader, vice-principal/ principal and Director of Human Resources with the Coquitlam School District.

I am now retired and work as a consultant in public education-working with teachers with their professional practice and labour relations.

I was elected as a Belcarra Councillor in 1990 and served continuously until 2018. In the byelection in January 2021 I was elected mayor.

Member of the: Mayor’s Council on Regional Transportation and the Mayors’ Council - New Mobility committee. Member of the: Board of Directors, Metro Vancouver Regional District and the Metro Vancouver Mayors’ Committee.

Mary-Ann Booth

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 to 2018, she was also a school trustee with the West Vancouver Board of Education from 2005 to 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.

Malcolm Brodie

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 to 2015, and Chair since March 2015. Mayor Brodie was appointed by UBCM to the Local Government RCMP Contract Management Committee from 2013 to 2017. He was also UBCM's appointee to the PRIMECorp Board of Directors from 2013 to 2014. The Mayor was a Director on the Board of the Greater Vancouver Transportation Authority (TransLink) from 2002 to 2007 and served as Chair in 2006 to 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).

Linda Buchanan

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 (Honours), 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.

Bill Dingwall

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 to 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.

George Harvie

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.

Mike Hurley

Mike Hurley

Mayor of the City of Burnaby

Mayor Hurley was born in Magherafelt, Northern Ireland, in 1958 and came to Canada in 1983 at the young age of 25. In his youth, music and Gaelic football kept him busy, and his commitment to soccer advanced him to a semi-professional league.

He first settled in Vancouver and moved to Burnaby in 1988. He met his wife, Jennifer, in 1998 and they now have three boys. He also has a daughter, who is attending Simon Fraser University.

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

He became Vice-President of the Burnaby Fire Fighters Association in 1996 and held the position until 2001 when he became the President of the Association. He led as President until 2009. He was also the President of the BC Provincial Fire Fighters Association from 2008 to 2016.

As President of the Professional Fire Fighters’ Burn Fund, he 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.

He regards the Burnaby Fire Fighters Charitable Society as his ‘second home’. 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.

Mayor Hurley received the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal in 2002 and the Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012.

Mike Little

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.

Doug McCallum

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 5, 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.

Jen McCutcheon

Jen McCutcheon

Director, Electoral Area A

Jen McCutcheon was elected as the Director for Electoral Area A in June 2019. She has lived in the greater Vancouver area for 11 years, five of which have been in the UBC/UEL area (which constitutes the bulk of the Electoral Area A population). Jen has 20 years of professional experience, working first as a physiotherapist in various hospitals across greater Vancouver, and then as a public health professional managing complex global health projects, primarily in sub-Saharan Africa. She holds four degrees, including a doctorate in public health, and is skilled at providing leadership and technical support to organizations and government entities ranging from small non-profits to multimillion-dollar health projects in low income countries.

Jen lives on the UBC campus with her husband and two school-aged children. She is very active in her community, volunteering time at her children’s school, coaching, and in the community. She is an avid runner and biker, and her family spends a great deal of time outdoors. Jen is committed to sustainable regional transportation planning to enhance the livability of the region and drastically reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

John McEwen

John McEwen

Mayor of the Village of Anmore

John McEwen was first elected to the Village of Anmore Council in 2008, and elected Mayor in 2014. During his tenure on Council, John has chaired various committees within his municipality and has been appointed to Regional Parks, Performance and Audit, and Regional Planning at Metro Vancouver.

Over the past four years John has been appointed to the Mobility Pricing and Finance Committees at TransLink.

John’s business background has helped assist the Village of Anmore to eliminate its infrastructure deficit of close to 11 million dollars through strong fiscal management.

John currently owners and operates a small business Save On Laser located within Port Coquitlam. The business remanufactures laser printer cartridges for resale, as well as services and sells printers in an effort to minimize impact on the landfill.

As a former College Basketball player, John still plays recreationally and volunteers his time coaching youth in the Tri City Basketball League.

John is married Kerri, and we share three teenage kids pursuing various academic paths, and three amazing dogs.

Ron McLaughlin

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 kilometres, 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 timelines 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.

Mike Morden

Mike Morden

Mayor of the City of Maple Ridge

Mike has lived in Maple Ridge for over 30 years and was honoured to be elected as Mayor in 2018. Mike has been married to Hilary for 38 years, a researcher and sessional instructor at SFU.

Prior to this term, Mike has served two terms as a City Councillor, two terms at the Union of BC Municipalities and three years as Chair of the Audit and Finance Committee. In addition, Mike is the past President of the Chamber of Commerce.

Mike is an honest, passionate and hardworking problem solver. He is a successful business owner, as well a career volunteer who dedicates his spare time in the service of others to make our community a better place.

As your Mayor, Mike is serving on the TransLink Mayor’s Council and Mobility Pricing Committee, ECOMM Board, Metro Vancouver Mayor’s Board, Regional Housing and Performance and Audit Committees.

Mike understands complex social problems, sees opportunity and has a proven track record of leadership and taking action. Mike is resolved to bring us a safe and connected community, closure of tent city, strong advocacy with senior government by working together for our needs, great recreation, a vibrant downtown, a strong local economy and a local government that listens and acts for the majority of the people.

Kennedy Stewart

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 Master’s 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.

Richard Stewart

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.

Rob Vagramov

Rob Vagramov

Mayor of the City of Port Moody

Mayor Rob Vagramov is among the youngest leaders ever elected to serve Port Moody. He has a passion for public service, a commitment to good government that serves the entire community, and a bold vision for the city's future. Rob is committed to keeping Port Moody's amazing quality of life front and centre as the city grows.

Rob grew up in Port Moody, and has lived in the Seaview, Moody Centre, and North Shore neighbourhoods. Seeking freedom and a fresh start, Rob's family settled here in the 1990s, 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 eight 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 social 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 table, including:

  • 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 City owned lands for community uses

  • fast-tracking the phasing out of single use plastics

  • investigating the removal of Ioco Road from TransLink Major Road Network to restrict thru traffic

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.

Val van den Broek

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!

Darryl Walker

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.

Brad West

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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