After almost a decade living here, I'm still happy to say I am a proud newcomer to North Vancouver, passionate about our community and hopeful for our future. I am an outdoor enthusiast with a deep respect for our natural world and I enjoy all of the natural beauty the North Shore has to offer. I am dedicated to making a difference in our community and have the energy, enthusiasm and experience to represent you through the next four years.
My parents both moved to the Lower Mainland from Ontario and worked hard to establish a successful business in the tough economy of the early 80's; a business they still run today. My Dad is a home-renovations contractor and when I was young, my Mom and I would travel around the region picking up cheques, paying bills and signing contracts for the business. As soon as I was old enough to walk (and climb), I was out with my Dad working on job sites around Metro Vancouver. The dedication, determination and resolve my parents demonstrated in building a successful business and providing for our family has certainly shaped my character. I know what it is like to struggle as a young family and I understand the value of a hard day's work.
I graduated from Simon Fraser University in 2008 with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Systems Engineering and a Certificate in Sustainable Community Development. I focused diligently to manage a full time engineering course load, maintain the grades necessary to keep a scholarship and work part time to pay my way through university without a student loan. I have an intense interest in transportation, cities and sustainability and am dedicated to life-long learning. Over the past decade I've spent hundreds of hours taking formal and informal training, attending lectures, conferences and webinars to see how the best cities around the world are taking on the challenges facing transportation, land use, housing, the natural world and climate change. I bring a breadth of experience, an exposure to new ideas, and a perspective from the best of the best on how to tackle today's issues in our community.
While at SFU, I met my wife Michelle on a student organized ski trip. Michelle is an Assistant Director in our local film industry and teaches film, art, drama and digital media in West Vancouver. We both knew we wanted to settle in North Vancouver. We've lived near Lynn Canyon Park, in the heart of Lynn Valley and now make our home in the family-oriented community of Lynnmour.
I've worked in the family business, the private sector and the public sector. For the past decade I've traveled all across British Columbia, analyzing complex, multi-faceted transportation problems and implementing practical solutions. As a Professional Engineer, it is my duty to hold paramount the safety, health and welfare of the public and our natural world. This duty defines my character, which I have proven through consistent action in my personal life, my professional career and my dedication to community service.
I believe in the value of service and giving back to our community. Only through selflessness, not selfishness, will we ensure a better community for ourselves and our children. I've been volunteering in our community for 15 years, working to make our outdoor trails the envy of the entire world. From 2008 to 2013, I was President of the North Shore Mountain Bike Association (NSMBA). During my leadership, the organization blossomed. What started as a group of struggling volunteers with too much to do, too little time and no money became an organization with full time paid staff, over thirty funding partnerships with the business community and local government, and an engaged and active membership. The NSMBA is now regarded around the world as a phenomenal success story. My leadership in setting a vision (and sticking to it), building the right team and nurturing the relationships and partnerships necessary to get things done was a key component in setting up the NSMBA to be the organization it is to day. I'm proud to see how much more it has grown under the leadership and guidance of successive boards and staff.
I value openness, transparency and accountability in government. I value honesty, loyalty and respect. I believe it is of utmost importance to earn the trust and respect of my friends, colleagues and you; my constituents. Once I have earned your trust and respect, I will do my utmost to keep it by being honest, open and loyal to my values, my beliefs and the commitments that I have made.
I look forward to speaking and connecting with you about the shared opportunities we have as a community. Please contact me at any time.