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 is inspired by nature, she is a member of the Burke Mountain Naturalists, and a Director of the Riverview Horticultural Centre Society. She is a founding member of the Tree Fellowship, a grassroots group dedicated to educating the community about the importance of nature and the value of trees. She is a member of the Safe Energy Leadership Alliance and Vice Chair of The Tri-City Food Security Group. Laura and her family stay active by biking, hiking and walking Port Coquitlam’s numerous parks and trails and beautiful Burke Mountain.
- First elected to Council in Nov. 2014
- City Representative, Metro Vancouver Climate Action Committee
- City Representative, Coquitlam River Watershed Roundtable
- Former Citizen Advisor, City Environmental Enhancement Committee
- Council Designate: Environment, Climate Action, Parks
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 Jenna Stoner
Councillor Jenna Stoner is a Councillor for the District of Squamish. She grew up in the Sea to Sky Corridor and has happily called Squamish her home since 2014. Like many, she and her husband were drawn to Squamish for its natural beauty and access to wild places. Alongside her council work, Jenna works with an organization called Sustainable Fisheries Partnership where she continues to build on ten years experience of working at the intersection of business, government and environmental conservation. She holds a Masters of Marine Management from Dalhousie University and a B.Sc. from the University of Victoria. When not in Council Chambers, Jenna can be often found out on the trails with her dog Norman, or at one of Squamish’s fine coffee shops plugging away on her laptop.
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 Trish Mandewo
Director at Large
Trish has been a resident of Coquitlam since 2009. She is married to Alexander and they have a fourteen-year-old daughter Alexandra. Trish’s educational background is in Embryology and Clinical Microbiology. She left the medical field when her daughter was born and became a successful serial entrepreneur. Currently she is the CEO and partner of Ubuntu StratEdge a performance-enabling company that focuses on culture, diversity as well as organizational effectiveness. She is also co-founder of Women’s Collaborative Hub Society, an organization that enhances and supports the best collaborative and empowering environment for youth and women to connect, learn and grow.
Trish has won numerous awards including 2017 RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrant and is a recipient of Canada 150 Sesquicentennial pin for leadership and community service. She is a speaker and a book author.
Councillor Paul Albrecht
Director at Large
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.
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.
Mayor Neil Belenkie
Metro Vancouver Representative
Neil Belenkie is the Mayor of Belcarra. His related roles include being a Director of Metro Vancouver and sitting on the Mayor’s Committee, Parks, Water, and Electoral A Committees. Neil is also a member of the TransLink Mayor’s Council and sits on the TransLink New Mobility Committee.
A Business in Vancouver Top 40 under 40 Award winner, Neil’s corporate experience includes co-founding and leading GrowthPoint Group, a professional services firm in Vancouver. Neil was CEO of Sirona Biochem(Vancouver) and TFChem (Normandy, France), together listed on the TSX-V, OTCQX and Frankfurt public exchanges. Neil’s international experience also included being retained by the Flanders Government in Belgium to lead international economic development. Neil’s current roles include CEP of The $2,000 Coffee and co-founder of Sponda Technologies.
In the community, Neil has been a volunteer firefighter with the Sasamat Volunteer Fire Department for nine years. He is married to his wonderful wife Bronwen Belenkie and they are parents of four young children.
Director Dennis Adamson
Dennis Adamson is the Electoral Area B Director of the Fraser Valley 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|