Here is a little bit about my background: who I am and why I believe I am an ideal fit to represent our community.
I have the energy, real-world experience, and lifelong engagement in our community to represent our riding accurately and effectively in Parliament.
At an early age my father encouraged me to pursue entrepreneurship and business management as the ideal training to be effective in office, which is why these have been my pursuits for years.
Beginning in the trades, I started working well before I finished high school. After a number of successful entrepreneurial adventures in my twenties – ranging from stone masonry to a foodtruck – I eventually received my business degree with distinction from Kwantlen Polytechnic University. But I was still missing a critical skillset: public policy analysis.
Few elected representatives understand the struggles of everyday Canadians AND can also speak the technical language of government policy. (It’s usually one or the other!) This is why I began doing work for two public policy think tanks – the Fraser Institute and Cardus – and I am currently completing my Master’s in Public Policy at Simon Fraser University.
I also grew up in the riding and have been highly active volunteering in our community for years, most notably on the Board of Directors for the Kwantlen Polytechnic University Alumni Association. My lifelong roots in our community are essential for being in tune with the issues that matter most to our riding.
My wife Krista and I have been married 8 years, have one daughter, and are expecting our second child this summer. Supporting healthy families is one of the main reasons why I believe in sustainable and long-run oriented policies – where we give our children a better Canada.