Elected to Surrey City Council in 2011 and as a resident and business owner since 1993, I bring an entrepreneurial approach to the City of Surrey and am committed to establishing Surrey as a premier investment location with a vibrant urban economy.
As a past President of the Surrey Board of Trade, I believe that Surrey’s innovative approaches to job creation are working – Surrey was the first city in BC to establish economic investment zones and the Real Estate Investment Network was recently named Surrey the Best Place to Invest in BC and the 4th in Canada. This year (2015) Surrey has been named to the Top 7 Intelligent Communities in the world by the independent think tank Intelligent Communities Forum (ICF in New York).
I have made Cloverdale my home with my wife Joyce and two children.
Chair of the Investment and Innovation Committee which oversees the City’s Economic Development strategies including Innovation Boulevard (Medical Technologies) and the Clean Tech sector. The committee also spearheads the City’s Smart City strategies and Open Data initiatives.
Chair of the Parks Recreation and Sport Tourism Committee which is responsible for overseeing over two hundred parks and award-winning recreation facilities in the city.
Committees & Community Groups (Surrey & Metro Vancouver)
- Parks Recreation and Sport Tourism Committee (Chair)
- Finance Committee
- Police Committee
- Investment & Innovation Committee (Chair)
- Development Advisory Committee (DAC)
- Audit Committee
- Sustainability - Clean Energy/Technology & Innovation
- Surrey Board of Trade (Liaison) - Honorary Director
- Downtown Surrey Business Improvement Association
- Metro Vancouver Board of Directors
- Metro Vancouver Regional Parks
- Metro Vancouver Zero Waste
My community involvement includes: Board Member Sources Community Resource Society, Board Member Cornerstone Care Society, Director, BC Summer Games Organizing Committee, Surrey Memorial Hospital Foundation Patrons Council, Past President of the Surrey Board of Trade, and, Past Chair of the Surrey Meth Amphetamine Regional Taskforce and the Board of Trade’s Education Advisory Committee.
I'm a regular contributing writer to several business and trade publications such as InnFocuss and The Publican.
Office phone: (604) 591-4025