I am often defined by my day job, but I am more than just an economist. I am proud of my professional accomplishments—such as running my two businesses for over 30 years and testifying as an economic expert for the BC Supreme Court—but that’s probably not what you’ll find me talking about at a party. I’ve spent over three decades as a partner in Discovery Economic Consulting, but my love of community, biking and music are probably what I’ll spend more time talking about when you first meet me.
My love of community has led me to my current role as president of the Gorge Tillicum Neighbourhood Association—I have lived in the neighbourhood since 1988 with my wife Claudia and our two daughters Melanie and Rhianna. My car sits in our driveway so much it has more cobwebs than kilometres on it—this, combined with choice of cycling for my primary transportation preference, is how you know how passionate I am about alternative modes of transportation.
As for my love of music? Talk with me long enough and I’ll likely end up mentioning my guitars, 17 of them, and song writing. If we really get going I’ll probably even recite some lyrics to you. I may not be John, Paul or George, but music has always been an important way for me to share what I care about.
Community has been a big part of my life and these are some of the organizations and committees I have been involved with:
President Gorge Tillicum Community Association 2008-Present
Founding member of the Gorge Canada Day Picnic Committee 1999 to present
Member of the Saanich Douglas/Uptown Corridor Study Advisory Committee – current
Member of the Moving Saanich Forward active transportation committee – current
Expert Witness to the BC Supreme Court
Director of the Northwest Wildlife Preservation Society
President of Bike to Work Week Victoria 2005-2012
Chair BC Chamber of Commerce 2006/07
President Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce 2000