Our Executive Board
The Executive Board is composed of 11 elected local government officials representing all members of the association. The Lower Mainland Local Government Association Executive meets on the third Thursday of each month in Burnaby, at the Metro Vancouver offices, and is elected annually at the Annual General Meeting held in May every year.
Councillor Laura Dupont
Laura acknowledges the traditional and unceded territory of the kʷikʷəƛ̓əm people where she resides. Laura is inspired by nature and has spent decades volunteering for various environmental groups in the Tri-Cities. She is a founding members of the Tree Fellowship, formerly Poco Heritage Trees that works to celebrate and educate the community about natures numerous benefits. Laura is also a member of the Safe Energy Leadership Alliance and works on the Tri-Cities Food Security Council. Since its inception she has been a member of Metro Vancouver’s Climate Action Committee. As a member of Canada’s Climate Caucus, she places a high priority on climate work. She is also engaged in a consensus based watershed governance as a member of the Coquitlam River Watershed Roundtable. Laura loves to paddle rivers and wetlands, and hike and bike every chance that she gets
Mayor Jack Crompton
Jack Crompton has served on the Lower Mainland LGA board for the last five years. He is passionate about the direction of our communities and the region as a whole. Jack is Mayor of Whistler and a Director on the Squamish Lillooet Regional District. Jack’s professional life has focused mainly on transportation and software. Jack also works with Empowered Startups, a Whistler-based technology company incubator. Jack likes to talk politics of any description. He is fascinated by political history, local government and international affairs.
Councillor Patrick Johnstone
Patrick Johnstone is a long-time New Westminster resident and is serving his second term on Council. He is a Chair of the ACTBiPed, Access Ability Advisory Committee, and Seniors Advisory Committee. He serves on the Metro Vancouver Utilities Board, the Board of the Community Energy Association, and is the UBCM representative on the Board of Society of Contaminated Sites Approved Professionals of BC. Patrick is a Professional Geoscientist who works as a consultant helping local governments manage their liability around contaminated sites and environmental assessments.
Councillor Patricia Ross
Patricia Ross has 25 years of leadership experience as a councillor with the City of Abbotsford and as a Fraser Valley Regional District board member. Patricia is a Fellow of the Leadership for Environment and Development International, a research and training institute committed to fostering leadership in sustainability worldwide. She graduated from the program in 1996 and has gone on to help train subsequent cohorts. Patricia is also the chair of the GroYourBiz Abbotsford, a mentoring and advisory board for women in business. Patricia has been given many awards for her community work, including several from the Abbotsford Chamber of Commerce, the Paul Harris Rotary Club, Soroptimist Club, Youth Commission, Queen’s Jubilee Award and Woman of the Year in 2009 from the Business and Professional Woman’s Club.
Councillor Paul Albrecht
I have been a councillor in Langley City for the past six years and have been on the UBCM Executive Board as one of two Vancouver Metro Area representatives for the past three years. During that time, I have been able to develop very strong connections and relationships with members of the Provincial government as well as other peers in the province. I bring over thirty years of municipal experience in all areas of infrastructure, servicing, planning, land use, development and economic development that I have used in my elected roles to represent and serve my constituents. My involvement on UBCM’s Economic Development and Health and Social Development Committees have been invaluable in highlighting the needs for the Metro region. We in Local Government are facing very uncertain times in so many areas in each of our communities and the value of an experienced executive board with strong relationships with senior orders of government to obtain the required support legislatively and financially for all Local Governments in BC cannot be overstated. Good governance requires the ability to develop strong relationships with many, I have the skills to collaborate, obtain consensus, and help develop the kind of strong team needed for the LMLGA to make a difference for all of our communities.
It is an honour to receive your support for the position of Director at Large on the LMGA Board. In these uncertain times, I feel it is vital to develop a strong and respected executive board for all lower mainland communities when dealing with housing, homelessness, mental health, childcare, transit, tax relief, revenue loss, economic recovery, climate change and financial opportunities with other orders of government.
DIRECTOR JEN MCCUTCHEON
Director at Large
Jen serves as the Director for Metro Vancouver’s(MV) only electoral area, which includes approximately 16,000 people on the UBC peninsula, and a number of rural communities and islands across the region. She was elected in a by-election in 2019, and serves on MV’s Finance and Intergovernment, Climate Action and Mayor’s committees, as well as the MV Board. Jen is a member of TransLink’s Mayor’s Council and the Ocean Watch Action Committee, and also sits on the Board for both Ecomm and the Fraser Valley Regional District Library.
Prior to entering politics, Jen utilized her doctoral degree in public health to help manage complex health projects in various countries across Africa for ten years, and still consults in public health. In her spare time, Jen volunteers extensively in her committee, stays physically active, and spends as much time as she can out in nature with her husband and two children.
Director McCutcheon approaches her decisions from a social and climate justice lens and is passionate about issues such as climate action and environmental protection, affordability and equity. She is honoured to contribute her energy and expertise to the LMLGA.
Councillor Kiersten Duncan
Director at Large
Kiersten is a two term Councillor at the City of Maple Ridge.
Councillor Michie Vidal
Director at Large
Throughout her life, Michie has demonstrated a history of community involvement, leadership and organizational expertise. Ranging from participating in a monthly Feed the Homeless’ campaign to a Past President of her professional association, her commitment to benefiting the lives of others are evident. Her career as an emergency services 911 dispatcher provided extensive knowledge in local government structure and systems. Following retirement to the Village of Harrison Hot Springs, Michie continued her dedication to community. She united local residents, businesses and all levels of government towards a common goal related to a significant environmental and economic concern. The culmination of these experiences led her to seek election in 2018 and is currently serving her first term as Councillor with the Village of Harrison Hot Springs. She is proud to represent the Village with her portfolio appointments and liaison responsibilities including:
- Fraser Valley Regional District Indigenous Relations Committee
- Fraser Valley Regional District Board, Alternate Municipal Director
- Fraser Valley Regional Hospital District Board, Alternate Municipal Director
- Fraser Valley Regional Library, Alternate Municipal Director
- Agassiz Harrison Healthy Communities Committee
- Local Community to Community Forums
Smaller communities face unique challenges in governance and Michie strongly supports the benefits of coordinated action through the LMLGA. She welcomes the opportunity to advance these goals as a Director at Large member of the Executive team.
Mayor Karen Elliott
Karen Elliott was elected as Mayor of the District of Squamish in October 2018 after serving as a member of Squamish Council from 2014-2018. She moved to Squamish in 2012 after spending six years abroad in Melbourne, Australia. Karen decided to run for elected office because she quickly realized the significant opportunities and challenges that lay ahead for Squamish as it experienced significant growth and big city pressures, despite its small town feel. During her time on Council, Karen chaired the Community Development Committee, Finance and Audit Committee and was the Council representative on the Food Policy Council, the Library Board, and the Community Advisory Community for the Official Community Plan review.
In addition to her Council duties, from 2016 – 2018, Karen served as the first Ombudsperson for Quest University Canada, working with students, staff and faculty to ensure policies and practices were fair and followed the principles of natural justice. In addition, Karen has 15 years of consulting experience as a specialist in organizational effectiveness and leadership development. She supported her clients with strategic planning, team and leadership development, change management and large group facilitation. When she is not at work, Karen enjoys spending time with her family and friends exploring the beautiful environment around Squamish.
COUNCILLOR CHRIS KLOOT
Councillor Kris Kloot has been serving the Chilliwack community as Councillor since December 2014. As a life-long Chilliwack resident, realtor and dairy farmer, Councillor Kloot is committed to protecting agricultural land and supporting farmers. His wife and their three sons help keep their family farm in Rosedale running smoothly.
Councillor Kloot is passionate about maintaining a high quality of life for all residents in the place they call home. In his spare time, which is rare, he likes hiking with his faithful golden retrievers, biking, amateur photography and exploring new places.
MAYOR ROB VAGRAMOV
METRO VANCOUVER REPRESENTATIVE
Seeking freedom and a fresh start, Rob’s family settled in the Lower Mainland in the 1990’s, having escaped Ukraine and Georgia during the Soviet collapse. This experience sparked Rob’s political interests early in life, and drew him to study Business Management and Political Science at the University of Ottawa.
As a business professional, Rob has built expertise in digital technology and media as a one-man small business. Providing media services to a local startup NGO has given Rob the opportunity to combine his professional skills with his commitment to positive social change.
At City Hall, Rob has campaigned relentlessly for environmental, social and economic causes, including sustainable new development that preserves quality of life, and stopping previous plans of slicing Port Moody’s largest park in half by a new road.
Vagramov’s first involvement on the Lower Mainland LGA Board started in 2014 when he was elected as a Director at Large and served one year. Following this, Rob was appointed to the Board following position vacancies, was acclaimed to the position of Vice President of the Board a year later, and now sits as the appointed representative for the Metro Vancouver Regional District.
Executive meetings are held once a month except for July, August and December. If you would like to attend, please contact us for details on time and location
If you have an issue that you would like to bring to the Executive’s attention, please forward in writing to President Laura Dupont.
This website is intended to offer visitors key information about our Association, main events and policies from the past number of years.
Many of your ideas are already at work and have resulted in a progressively better participation at the Annual General Meetings, including delegate attendance, the quality and quantity of resolutions, plenary sessions and sponsorships.
The Executive of the Lower Mainland Local Government Association is a volunteer board elected at the Annual General Meeting in May. This is your Association, and only you can help it achieve its potential. Please contact us with any ideas or questions you have.
All Past Presidents shall be life members of the Lower Mainland Local Government Association. Life membership may also be granted by the Executive to persons who have made a significant contribution to local government in British Columbia.
|1995 - 1996||Cllr. Lynne Kennedy||Vancouver|
|1996 - 1997||Mayor Pat Boname||West Vancouver||**Deceased|
|1997 - 1998||Mayor Pat Boname||West Vancouver||**Deceased|
|1998 - 1999||Cllr. Janis Elkerton||Pitt Meadows|
|1999 - 2000||Cllr. Marvin Hunt||Surrey|
|2001 - 2002||Cllr. Marvin Hunt||Surrey|
|2002 - 2003||Cllr. Marvin Hunt||Surrey|
|2003 - 2004||Cllr. Bob Fearnley||North Vancouver (City)|
|2004 - 2005||Cllr. Terry Smith||Langley|
|2005 - 2006||Cllr. Sharon Gaetz||Chilliwack|
|2006 - 2007||Cllr. Sharon Gaetz||Chilliwack|
|2007 - 2008||Cllr. Bob Long||Langley (Township)|
|2008 - 2009||Cllr. Corinne Lonsdale||Squamish|
|2009 - 2010||Mayor James Atebe||Mission|
|2010 - 2011||Cllr. Sav Dhaliwal||Burnaby|
|2011 - 2012||Cllr. Lorrie Williams||New Westminster|
|2012 - 2013||Cllr. Barbara Steele||Surrey|
|2013 - 2014||Cllr. Patricia Heintzman||Squamish|
|2014 - 2016||Cllr. Chuck Puchmayr||New Westminster|
|2016 - 2017||Cllr. Corisa Bell||Maple Ridge|
|2017-2018||Cllr. Jason Lum||Chilliwack|
|2018-2019||Mayor Jack Crompton||The Resort Municipality of Whistler|
|2019-2020||Mayor Jack Crompton||The Resort Municipality of Whistler|