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Steering Committee

Member Biographies

Council members

1) Mayor Derek Corrigan, Chair

Mayor Corrigan has been a Burnaby resident since 1977 and was first elected to Burnaby City Council as a councillor in 1987. In 2002 Corrigan was elected as Mayor and then re-elected in 2005, 2008 and 2011.

Throughout his lengthy political career, Mayor Corrigan has served on many key committees at the local, regional and national levels. Mayor Corrigan also served as the chair of B.C. Transit from 1994-97, assuming responsibility for all transit systems in British Columbia. Currently he sits on the Mayor's Council on Regional Transportation.

As a long-time Director of Metro Vancouver, Mayor Corrigan currently serves on many committees, including:

  • Chair, Regional Planning and Agriculture Committee
  • Vice Chair, Zero Waste Committee
  • a representative to the International Centre for Sustainable Cities

Mayor Corrigan was very honoured to be the recipient of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities 2011 FCM Green Champion Award - Individual. It spoke to the many years of environmental leadership the City of Burnaby has shown, led by Burnaby City Council and City of Burnaby staff and supported by the people of Burnaby and hundreds of citizen volunteers.

2) Councillor Dan Johnston, Vice Chair

Councillor Dan Johnston was first elected to Burnaby City Council in 1993, and has served the citizens of Burnaby as a city councillor for almost 20 years. Prior to running for Council, Councillor Johnston served on and chaired the Parks Commission.

As a Parks Commissioner, Councillor Johnston further developed his longstanding passion for environmental initiatives, believing that Burnaby should remain the green heart of the Lower Mainland. As a City Councillor he has:

  • overseen, as Parks, Recreation and Culture Commission chair, the planning and construction of Eileen Dailly Pool, the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, and Riverway Golf Course.
  • introduced the Burnaby Recreation Credit program, which provides better access to recreation services to people who are financially disadvantaged.
  • worked to make the dredging of Burnaby Lake a reality, ensuring the process was environmentally sustainable and offering new potential recreation opportunities for Burnaby citizens.

Currently Councillor Johnston is the Chair of the City of Burnaby Environment Committee, Vice-chair of the Community Development Committee and a Member of the Metro Vancouver Water Committee.

3) Councillor Colleen Jordan, Member

Councillor Colleen Jordan was first elected to Burnaby City Council in 2002.

As Burnaby continues to grow, with many significant new developments planned, completed or under way, Councillor Jordan is helping to ensure the City has even more garden and cultured green spaces where everyone can enjoy flowers, shrubs and civic art and sculpture.

Another of Councillor Jordan’s key priorities is the City of Burnaby Heritage Commission. Exclusively through gaming funds, with no impact on Burnaby’s tax base, Burnaby is able to fund heritage projects that help to ensure our City’s heritage is protected and enhanced.

Councillor Jordan is the Council Liaison for the Planning and Building Department, Chair of the Community Development Committee, Chair of the Community Heritage Commission and a director at Metro Vancouver.

4) Councillor Richard Chang, Member

Councillor Richard Chang has been a Burnaby resident for 18 years and was first elected to Council in 2008. During his time on Council he has enjoyed many opportunities to provide links between the City of Burnaby and Burnaby’s growing population of citizens who have come here from China and Taiwan.

Councillor Chang is a current member of the Community Policing Committee, a member of the Community Heritage Commission and a member of the Transportation Committee.

5) Councillor Sav Dhaliwal, Member

Councillor Sav Dhaliwal was first elected to Burnaby Council in November 2002 and is now serving his fourth consecutive term as a Councillor.

During the years Councillor Dhaliwal has served on Council, the importance of recognizing the larger context in which all of our City’s planning and development takes place has become increasingly clear to him. Councillor Dhaliwal believes to be successful in all of our City’s undertakings, we need to provide input and feedback on issues that affect us at all levels. Currently Councillor Dhaliwal is the Chair of the Burnaby Parks, Recreation and Culture Commission, Vice-Chair of the Transportation Committee, Member of the Metro Vancouver Environment and Energy Committee and UBCM member of the BC Hydro Energy Conservation and Efficiency Advisory Committee.

Citizen members

6) Mark Angelo

Mark Angelo hails from Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada, and is an internationally celebrated river conservationist. He is the founder and chair of both B.C. and World Rivers Day and is chair emeritus of the Rivers Institute at the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT). Mark was also the longtime head of BCIT's Fish, Wildlife and Recreation Program. He has received both the Order of British Columbia and the Order of Canada in recognition of his river conservation efforts over the past four decades. Among his many other awards are the United Nations Stewardship Award and the National River Conservation Award. From 2003 to 2006, his acclaimed Riverworld program played to sold-out audiences across North America and the program's website had more than 40 million visits. Mark continues to work on conservation issues in his own community and province, as well as across Canada and elsewhere in the world. He was recently awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Simon Fraser University in recognition of his river conservation efforts. Mark is a Fellow International of the New York-based Explorers Club.

7) Frank Bassett

Frank Bassett is the Senior Director of Facilities, Real Estate, and Corporate Services for Electronic Arts. EA is a leading global interactive entertainment software company that develops, publishes, and distributes interactive software worldwide for video game systems, personal computers, wireless devices, and the Internet. As part of his portfolio, Frank leads EA’s philanthropic and corporate outreach programs in Canada. Frank also serves as a Director with the Burnaby Board of Trade, and on the Development Committee for the Dr. Peter Foundation.

8) Paul Cipywnyk, Streamkeepers

Paul Cipywnyk is the owner and editor of Cipko Consulting Ltd, a Burnaby-based service that helps businesses, non-profit organizations, and governments communicate clearly and effectively. Paul has also sat as a citizen representative on the City of Burnaby Environmental Committee, as a Member of Environmental Sustainability Committee for the Burnaby Board of Trade and is the current president of the Byrne Creek Streamkeepers society. Paul was the President Stream of Dreams Murals Society from 2004 to 2010 and President of the Edmonds Town Centre Business & Community Association from 2007 to 2009.

9) Chris Dikeakos, Architect

Chris Dikeakos is the founding and Managing Principal at Chris Dikeakos Architects Inc. Chris has specialized in a broad range of building types with emphasis on multi-unit low- and high-rise residential complexes for the development community throughout California and the west coast of Canada. His projects have been recognized for several design awards including the prestigious Grand Georgie Award for Residential Development of the Year in 2007 for the Woodlands Development in New Westminster and Building of the Year for the Murano high-rises in 2006. Having worked in the development industry, Chris brings a unique level of experience and attention to design excellence balanced with practical and highly marketable construction solutions.

10) Diane Gillis, KINA

Diane Gillis currently acts as the President of the Kingsway Imperial Neighbourhood Association (KINA) and the Project Coordinator for the Vancouver Island Partnership for Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD.) Diane has over 20 years of experience in province-wide program delivery, development, coordination and promotion in schools, communities, healthcare and professional markets. Diane has also acted as the Provincial representative on the national air quality program committee as well as a group member for the Gateway Project consultation.

11) Jack Gin, Mentor and Entrepreneur

Vancouver born, raised and educated, Jack Gin is a business executive, advisor, mentor and entrepreneur. He is also an engineer, inventor, philanthropist and speaker. He has a track-record of building success stories and has travelled to 30 countries to market his products across the globe. He is the founder (1997) and former CEO of Extreme CCTV. He was recognized with the Entrepreneur of the Year Award (Technology, Pacific Region 2007) and as Burnaby’s Business Newsmaker of Year (2007). He is now working full-time as a business consultant, advisor, director and philanthropist, assisting and energizing companies while contributing to the larger community.

12) Linda Huang

Linda Huang is the Brand Director at Mother Goose USA, where she specializes in brand management. She is also the product/project manager for Adacado - a leading dynamic creative advertising platform. Linda is experienced in product and operations management for high-tech companies, with years of engagement in product planning and coordination of various development projects. Linda is the current president of TYPEA, BC (Taiwanese Young Professionals and Entrepreneurs Association of BC) - a registered non-profit organization that provides young professionals and entrepreneurs a platform to learn and effectively network with the business community.

As a longtime resident of Burnaby and a community-oriented individual, Linda is greatly interested in preserving the quality of our environment.

13) Paul Holden, BBOT

Paul Holden is President & CEO of the Burnaby Board of Trade, the City’s preeminent business association with over 1,000 members.

In 2003, Paul and his family moved to Canada where he worked for the Business in Vancouver Media Group. His last major project for BIV was to produce all the official programs and magazines for the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics before joining the BBOT in May 2011.

Paul has volunteered on numerous boards over the years, most recently Vancouver AM Tourism Association, where he is President and Treasurer, and Vancouver Coast and Mountains Tourism. Paul also sits on the Burnaby Board of Trade’s Environmental Sustainability Committee.

14) Isabel Kolic, Heights Merchants Association

Isabel Kolic has been a Burnaby resident since 1997 when she chose Burnaby Heights as a sustainable community and urban village she could live in without depending on a car. She has a degree in Communication and a post-baccalaureate diploma in Community Economic Development, both from SFU. Over 22 years, she has worked in the private, public and non-profit sectors, including a stint in economic development in western Ukraine. She is a proponent of sustainable social, economic and environmental development, and believes in the intersection of all three to yield healthy and prosperous communities.

15) Dick Kouwenhoven, Hemlock Printers

Dick Kouwenhoven is President & CEO of Hemlock Printers, with a Burnaby office and manufacturing plant that totals 79,000 square feet and employs over 170 dedicated craftspeople. He is proud to serve clients all over North America with a commitment to the highest quality results with the least environmental impact.

In November 2011 Hemlock was recognized as the Most Environmentally Progressive Printer in Canada by PrintAction Magazine for the sixth year in a row. Hemlock Printers has also been recognized by The Burnaby Board of Trade with an Environmental Sustainability Award, 2009, and with an International Eco Printing Award for Heidelberg as the Most Sustainable Printing Company.

Dick has kept Hemlock at the forefront of technological innovation and environmental awareness in the printing industry, while maintaining a total commitment to quality and integrity.

16) Jennie Moore, BCIT

Jennie Moore is the BCIT Director of Sustainable Development and Environmental Stewardship, where she helped to incorporate sustainability in curricula and assisted the School of Construction and the Environment to establish a one million dollar research endowment, the first of its kind at the Institute. Prior to joining BCIT, Jennie was the Division Manager of Strategic Initiatives at Metro Vancouver where she helped develop the Sustainable Region Initiative, including creation of a sustainability framework and template to guide the development of regional plans. Previously, she helped to initiate the Greater Vancouver Regional District’s efforts in green buildings, eco-industrial networking, greenhouse gas mitigation, energy and transportation demand management. Her work in this capacity received federal government recognition through an Environmental Citizenship Award from the Minister of Environment in 1997.

Jennie was a founding member and coordinator of Vancouver’s Eco-City Network, and a co-founder and board member of New City Institute that helped to launch the One Earth Initiative. She is a LEED Accredited Professional and a member of the Canadian Institute of Planners and the Planning Institute of British Columbia.

17) Dirk Odenwald, ABC Recycling

Dirk Odenwald is the CFO of ABC Recycling, a Canadian family enterprise with a 100-year heritage of serving and supporting communities through the recovery, processing and recycling of scrap metal. ABC Recycling has been awarded the Burnaby Business Excellence Award 2008 and was a finalist in the BC Export Awards for Sustainability in 2011. Dirk is currently the Treasurer for the Burnaby Board of Trade.

18) Harman Pandher, School Board Trustee

Harman Pandher was elected in 2011 as a Burnaby School Trustee. Harman works full time in Surrey’s public school system as a Grade 5 teacher. He has also completed some coursework toward a Masters of Education degree.

Growing up in a socially conscious family that engendered community involvement, Harman has served on the Board of Directors of the South Burnaby Neighbourhood House and the Burnaby Multicultural Society. Fluent in both English and Punjabi, he currently sits on the Board of Directors of the Punjabi Language Education Association that works to support Punjabi language programs in BC schools.

19) Bill Schwartz, Polestar Communications

Bill Schwartz is a principal of Polestar Communications Inc., a firm of professionally qualified educational specialists with a specialty in environmental education curriculum. Bill has served eight years on the Burnaby School Board’s Environmental Committee and six years on the City of Burnaby’s Environmental Committee. Bill is also the past manager of Communications at the British Columbia Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources and has also served on the Task Force on Financial Literacy with the Canadian Government.

20) Dave Switzer, Businessperson

Dave Switzer had been the director on the board of the Heights Merchants Association since its inception, retiring this fall. Dave has been a business owner in the Burnaby Heights Neighbourhood since 1976 and is a commercial property manager. Dave also volunteers with the Giro di Burnaby committee and sits on the Mayor’s Task Force on Graffiti.

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