Transit, transportation, and gridlock affect the work of organizations across the region. Business associations are concerned about the impact of gridlock on the local economy. Social service organizations understand that poor transit options disproportionately affect the most vulnerable in our society. Environmental organizations worry about the damages of unsustainable growth to the environment.
This is the first time in British Columbia’s history that we’ve found common ground on this scale. The list of partners below represents the interests of hundreds of thousands of British Columbians.Pledge your vote
Gridlock is costing our economy dearly and we must dramatically improve the movement of goods, services and people if we want to remain competitive.
President and CEO, Vancouver Board of Trade
Peter Robinson is the Chief Executive Officer of the David Suzuki Foundation, a non-profit science and education organization working to address some of Canada’s most pressing environmental challenges. He brings to this position a diverse background spanning over four decades in business, government and the non-profit sectors.
Peter began his career working as a park ranger in wilderness areas throughout British Columbia, where he was decorated for bravery by the Governor General of Canada. After his park career, he worked at BC Housing, a provincial crown corporation, eventually becoming its CEO. Immediately prior to his appointment as CEO of the David Suzuki Foundation, he was the CEO of Mountain Equipment Co-op, the country’s largest outdoor equipment retailer. During his seven year career at MEC, he led the organization through a period of sustained membership and sales and growth across Canada.
Peter has a long history of humanitarian work, including monitoring prison conditions with the International Red Cross in Rwanda in 1998, and leading a team for seven years that monitored detained asylum seekers in British Columbia. He has served as the Chair of the Board of Governors and the Chancellor of Royal Roads University in Victoria, and with the Board of Governors of the Canadian Red Cross Society. More recently, he was appointed to the Board of Directors of Imagine Canada, an organization that supports charities across the country.
Peter holds a Master of Arts in Conflict Analysis and Management, a Bachelor of Arts in Geography, as well as diplomas in Community Economic Development and Fish & Wildlife Management. He completed a Doctor of Social Sciences in 2014.
I am voting yes in the plebiscite because I know that improving transportation in the Metro Vancouver area is the single biggest investment we can make to addressing climate change in this region.
Gavin McGarrigle is the B.C. Area Director for Unifor and a Vice‐President and Officer at the B.C. Federation of Labour. McGarrigle has represented workers and bargained agreements in many industries, including transit and transportation, with Vancouver’s container truckers, and in aerospace and hospitality. Unifor is Canada’s newest union and largest in the private sector, with more than 305,000 members across the country, working in every major sector of the Canadian economy. The B.C. Federation of Labour represents close to 500,000 members throughout British Columbia and also includes many unions representing transit workers, including ATU, COPE, CUPE and BCGEU.
We can’t afford to buy into a future where all taxes are bad, where our public services are starved of funds, where roads aren’t upgraded, and where transit can’t keep up while congestion increasingly costs us all more time, more money, and more expensive choices down the road.
Bahareh Jokar is a fifth year Political Science student at the University of British Columbia. She currently sits as the VicePresident External Affairs of the Alma Mater Society of UBC. The role of the VP External is to advocate on behalf student to different levels of government, while effectively reaching out to students during times of election. While majoring in Political Science she focused on Security Studies and International Political Economics. Throughout her time at UBC, Bahareh was worked in UBC Housing and Hospitality as a Residence Adviser, in addition to taking on the role of Associate, VicePresident External Affairs before being elected into her current role. Bahareh is adamant about youth civic engagement, and she believes that this referendum is the most tangible way to engage youth/students on an issue that affects them on daily basis.
I know public transit is an issue that matters to students, now it’s just a matter of ensuring that they have registered at their most current place of residences and are reminded to mail in their ballots.
Bahareh is working alongside student leaders from across Metro Vancouver to engage approx. 145,000 postsecondary students across Metro Vancouver.
Iain Black is the President and CEO of The Vancouver Board of Trade. He has held this role since 2011, and has in that time lead the organizational through fundamental transformation and returned it to member growth, financial health and relevance in the public and business domain.
He joined the Board after serving six years as an elected MLA and cabinet minister in the Government of British Columbia, where his various responsibilities included three cabinet posts encompassing economic development, labour, and small business.
At the point of his election in 2005, Iain was president of the Banking Solutions Group of Open Solutions Canada, the largest provider of banking systems services and software to Canadian credit unions. Prior to Open Solutions, Iain served as president or chief operating officer of both publicly traded and private technology companies, and as a partner with a national professional services firm.