Jack of all trades, master of some
Born in the Arctic and raised in the Okanagan, I moved to Vancouver in 1998 to pursue a career in the performing arts and somehow ended up a recovering politician turned provincial bureaucrat and college instructor, though I have in my finer moments been described as a “public sector intrapreneur”.
I work in the Office of the Chief Medical Health Officer for one of British Columbia’s provincial health authorities, Vancouver Coastal, where I’m a Policy & Projects Lead. The main focus of my work is on applying a health equity lens to long-term regional and municipal planning, including transportation and land-use planning and various social policy and sustainability initiatives. Sometimes I get dragged into specific issues like vaping, liquor policy or e-scooters, but generally I’m focused on these larger regional processes.
Previous to this role I was a Planner in Social Policy at the City of Vancouver where my work focused on community economic development and poverty reduction, emphasizing a social determinants of health approach.
I’m Director Emeritus of Simon Fraser University’s Community Economic Development Program and occasionally teach in the program still.
City of Vancouver Work
Led the creation the first Community Benefits Agreement policy of any major city in Canada, adopted by Council in October of 2018
Downtown Eastside Community Economic Development Strategy, adopted by Council in 2016
City Liaison to 312 Main Centre for Social and Economic Innovation
Advisory Board Member to the Community Impact Real Estate Society
CityStudio mentor and Semester in Dialogue guest presenter 2016-2019
Member of the Faculty of Geography and Geology
Instructor: Regional Geography of Canada
Simon Fraser University
Past Director, Community Economic Development Program
Instructor: Economics of Wellbeing
Instructor: DTES Social Enterprise Walking Tour
Master of Urban Studies, Simon Fraser University, 2018
Certificate for Community Economic Development Professionals, SFU 2014
Bachelor of Arts, Human Geography (With Distinction) SFU, 2012
Faculty of Environment Certificate in Urban Studies, 2012
Associate of Arts Degree, Geography, Langara College, 2009
Equitable sustainability planning within the post-industrial urban development model, Regan W., and Hall, Peter. V., in Global Planning Innovations for Urban Sustainability, Darchen and Searle Eds. (2018) Routledge
For my published work in media (opinion pieces, op-ed) on energy policy, Canadian Politics, economic development and other topics visit here.
Green Party of Canada
I ran in the 2015 Canadian Federal Election as the Green Party Candidate for the riding of Vancouver East and served as the party’s Federal Council Representative for British Columbia from 2018-2020. As Shadow Cabinet Critic for Urban Affairs and Housing from 2015 to 2019 I contributed to the development of two election platforms and extensively to the poverty reduction, housing, transportation, and good governance planks in particular.
Recent events that I have served as Master of Ceremonies or a panelist or moderator at:
2020 looks to be a write-off!
Local Government Management Association Yearly Conference, June 2019, Community Benefits Agreements: A Platform for Industry, Community and Government Collaboration
Tamarack Institute, Cities Reducing Poverty Western Canada Conference, September 2018 (Master of Ceremonies and panelist)
Hopeful Economics Leadership and Innovation Summit, April 2017 (Master of Ceremonies)
Community Futures Sunshine Coast LEAP Program Barnraiser, Gibson’s Public Market, October 2017
Other stuff I do, seeing as you’ve made it all the way down the page this far…
I’ve recorded on several albums and have toured extensively throughout the United States, Canada, and Japan as a professional musician. In 2017-2018 I wrote and recorded my first full album with Jason Corbett (ACTORS) of Jacknife Sound. Recent albums recorded with Jay include Art D’Ecco “Trespassers”, ACTORS “It Will Come To You”, MesaLun “Feel Nothing” among other great acts from Vancouver and out of town who come here to work with him. Released in March of 2019 it can be described as shimmery alt-country with nostalgic hints of late 80s and 1990s influences like the Smiths, Depeche Mode, U2, Neil Young, Chris Isaak, Built To Spill, Pavement, and Modest Mouse. You can listen here on Spotify.
Sometimes my worlds of music and politics collide as this video attests!
I’m a Past Master of Mount Hermon Lodge No. 7 and of University Lodge No. 91 in Vancouver and Past Senior Warden of the Vancouver Lodge of Education and Research
I’ve served in various Grand Lodge capacities including:
Grand Junior Deacon (2013-2014)
District Deputy Grand Master, District 13 (2018-2019)
Several different Grand Lodge Committees including Lodge Strategic Planning Initiative and Mentorship
I became a Freemason because I identify with the values of universal tolerance, morality, charity and Brotherly Love (Fraternalism) that are foundational to it and because I have a deep appreciation for ritual, ceremony, tradition and the arcane.
I remain a Freemason because of the incredible people I’ve met through it and the enduring friendships that have formed.
It’s when you shoot at stuff with a bow and arrow…