Most recently Carol served 2 terms on Vancouver School Board and also served on the Council for the BC College of Teachers, now the Teacher Regulation Branch. She is an analyst, a former administrator with responsibility for department in student services at UBC and a former kindergarten teacher. She is a life-long learner, passionate about education and professional self regulation. She recently completed the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD) program for not-for-profit organisations and is a member of ICD.
Daniel Fontaine is a co-founder of CityCaucus. He's is the former Chief of Staff to Vancouver Mayor Sam Sullivan and has been involved in politics and political strategy at the municipal, provincial and federal level for most of his adult life. He writes a weekly civic affairs colum for 24 Hours Vancouver and was a political commentator for the civic affairs panel on the top-rated Bill Good Show on CKNW AM980 radio in Vancouver. Fontaine has also appeared on CBC radio in Vancouver and made several appearances in local and national media such as GlobalTV, CBC News Network and contributed to the Vancouver Sun opinion page. He hails from St. Boniface, MB, and lives in New Westminster, BC with his wife and son.
Eric Mang lives in and was raised in Toronto, but he has also lived in Ottawa, Vancouver and Victoria (was too young to remember Montreal).
A former provincial political aide in Ontario and BC who departed that world after his politics drifted leftward, Eric enjoys life as an occasional gadfly. When not toiling away in health policy, Eric finds time to complete his Master’s degree, read, jog and play with his toddler daughter.
Active in politics since the late 1980s, Erin has managed and advised campaigns at three levels of government, as well as party leadership races. She has also served on staff to federal and provincial ministers and leaders.
Professionally, Erin is a President and Founder of three companies, one of which is currently publically traded.
Her community activities include the yearly door-to-door canvass for the Canadian Cancer Society, the BC Association of Midwives, the Association of Mineral Exploration, BC, among others.
She appears often as a political commentator on television and radio.
Geoff Plant was the Attorney General of British Columbia and Minister Responsible for Treaty Negotiations from 2001 to 2005. He was first elected to the British Columbia Legislature in 1996 and from 1996 to 2001 was Opposition Justice Critic, as well as serving on a number of legislative and caucus committees. As Attorney General, Mr. Plant was the Chair of the Legislative Review Committee and the Minister responsible for the creation and oversight of the Citizens’ Assembly on Electoral Reform.
His name is Glissando Remmy, but most people call him... Glissando Remmy! A Vancouver Writer & Political Satirist. "We live in Vancouver and this keeps us busy."
In 2002, he finished his sixth term as a City Councillor in Vancouver, BC. He also served on the Board of the Greater Vancouver Regional District (Metro Vancouver) and was appointed to the first board of the Greater Vancouver Transportation Authority (TransLink) in 1999. He has spoken at numerous conventions and conferences in many countries, writes a monthly column for Business in Vancouver on civic issues, and conducts tours and seminars on the development of Vancouver. He also publishes an electronic magazine on urban issues, with a focus on Vancouver, called “Price Tags,” (recent issues at www.pricetags.ca).
Jordan Bateman's comment is courtesy of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation, of which Jordan is the B.C. Director. He previously served for six years as an elected Township Councillor in Langley, BC, a community of 100,000 people. His work with the Township included serving on the community's Economic Development Commission, Tourism Langley and the Fraser Valley Regional Library Board. Jordan's blog, Langley Politics, was read throughout BC, and was a key part of his commitment to transparency and accountability. After winning two elections, including topping the polls in 2008, Jordan resigned from Council in 2011 to take on his role with the CTF.
Kathryn Marshall is a columnist, blogger, commentator and former spokesperson for EthicalOil.org. Kathryn’s articles have appeared in newspapers across Canada, and she is a regular guest on talk radio and television programs. She is a weekly columnist for 24 Hours Vancouver. Kathryn holds a degree in Women’s Studies and is currently completing a law degree.
Kerri Brkich has called Vancouver home for the past decade, but still has roots firmly planted in the Okanagan and on Vancouver Island—after growing up in Vernon, she went on to obtain her degree in Political Science at the University of Victoria.
Former police officer, security expert and media commentator. Law & Order columnist Wednesdays in 24 Hours Vancouver.
Martin Strong began as a radio announcer in the mid-1980‘s heyday of rock radio. By 1990 Marty became afternoon co-host and news announcer at 99.3 The Fox in Vancouver where he was able to hone his off-the-cuff and always witty broadcast style. In ‘96 he was lured to Classic Rock 101, where he soon teamed up with Brother Jake Edwards, eventually becoming the #1 among adult listeners aged 25-54. Marty lives in Vancouver with his wife, 2 children, and dog Bella. He’s currently at the park trying to convince Bella to drop the ball.
Michael Geller is a Vancouver-based architect, planner, real estate consultant and property developer with four decades’ experience in the public, private and institutional sectors, and President of the Geller Group. He is a fixture in Metro Vancouver media on these topics, and is a weekly civic affairs panelist for CKNW's Bill Good Show.
Michelle Pereira, was born in Bombay (now called Mumbai). After a few years in Hong Kong, she moved to Vancouver which she has only left for a few short stints in Ottawa and Toronto. A local family physician, her passion for food has taken her to over 40 countries around the world. In her spare time, she enjoys music, theatre, dance, and is an avid reader. But most of all, she likes to try her hand at creating new food sensations, inspired by the restaurants she visits.
Mike Klassen is a co-founder and editor of City Caucus. He's a husband, father, urbanist, community leader and communications specialist. His passions are city-making & community building, as well as politics. For a complete bio visit www.mikeklassen.net/about.
Paul Hillsdon is a 20-something urban policy wonk who first ran for public office at the age of 18. Paul has written extensively on transportation and urban development, education, social justice, and the role of government. When not blogging, he's either studying at SFU or roaming the Twittersphere.
Philip Hochstein is executive director of the Independent Contractors and Businesses Association of B.C. Previously, he managed membership services for the Mechanical Contractors Association of B.C.
Sam Sullivan is the founder of the Global Civic Policy Society and the Vancouver Urban Forum and is an Adjunct Professor at the UBC School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture. He is a Member of the Order of Canada and is a former Mayor of Vancouver. In May 2013 Sam was elected BC MLA for Vancouver-False Creek.
Stuart Mackinnon was a Park Board Commissioner representing the Green Party from 2008-2011. He continues to blog about parks and public space issues at www.betterparks.org.
Starting as an activist with youth soccer, Suzanne Anton advocated for neighbourhood facilities and programs to help children onto the playing fields of the city. With that platform she was elected to the Vancouver Park Board in 2002, then elected to Vancouver City Council in both 2005 and 2008. She's a passionate advocate for smart land use planning and economic development in Metro Vancouver. Suzanne was a weekly political commentator on the CBC Radio One Early Edition program. In May 2013 Suzanne was elected BC MLA for Vancouver-Fraserview, and appointed Minister of Justice and Attorney General.
Tim Louis is a practicing lawyer who has been actively involved in Vancouver civic politics for over twenty-five years. He co-founded Vancouver's custom transit service for people with disabilities [HandyDART], and served terms as an elected official on both the Vancouver Park Board and Vancouver City Council under the COPE banner.
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