Announcements and Nominations

Check here for updates to Convention events, room changes, nominations for the executive election, and anything else that comes up this weekend.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Cancellation
LABOUR CAUCUS CANCELLED
Nov 23, 6:00PM: »
Cancellation
The Labour Caucus scheduled for 8am on Sunday, Nov 24, has been cancelled.
Media release
MEDIA RELEASE
Nov 23, 2:00PM: »
Media release

Premier John Horgan celebrates putting people first in BC NDP convention speech

“People are our superpower and together, we can get it done.”

This morning Premier John Horgan addressed more than 800 of his fellow New Democrats at their biennial Convention, encouraging them to keep fighting for progress, and highlighting his government’s many achievements over the last two years.

“We have to stand together, fight for the progress we’ve made, and the good work we have yet to do.” he said to an audience of delegates from all corners of British Columbia. “Together, we can get it done.”

In his address, Premier Horgan highlighted some of the great work he and the BC NDP government have done in the last several months, including:
- Investing in affordable housing; cracking down on money laundering and housing speculation that helped drive up the housing market
- Making education a top priority, hiring 4,000 new teachers and ensuring class sizes are smaller and better resourced
- Giving BC’s lowest paid workers a raise, on the way to $15 an hour by 2021
- Leading North America on climate action with CleanBC and growing a low-carbon economy that creates jobs for working people and protects our air, land and water for generations to come.
- Becoming the first provincial government to introduce UNDRIP legislation — walking together with Indigenous peoples on a path of meaningful reconciliation.
- Funding quality, affordable child care spaces for 10,000 kids across BC

“British Columbians don’t want to go back to the days of bad choices and neglect where the wealthy get a free pass and everyone else gets left behind. They want a government that’s working for them, not just the people at the top,” said the BC NDP Leader.

“We must stay focused on people and how we can make their lives better. They are the heart of our movement. Let’s keep working for them and building a better BC.”

The BC NDP Convention runs Friday through Sunday. More than 800 New Democrats are gathering at the Victoria Conference Centre to debate policy resolutions, to participate in trainings, to elect Party leadership, and to hear from additional speakers including the leader of Canada’s NDP, Jagmeet Singh.

NOMINATIONS

Nomination for Vice President
ERIK OLESEN
Submitted Nov 24 »
Nomination for Vice President
I am a Young New Democrat that has been involved in politics for 16 years. I have run three times, worked eight campaigns, and been a campaign manager, which allows myself to fully understand the need for diversity, as a gay man, and process on how all three levels of governments work.
Nomination for Vice President
KRISTINE WICKNER
Submitted Nov 24 »
Nomination for Vice President

Kristine Wickner is an active BCGEU working with the BC NDP as a member of the leaders circle. She also actively participates on the interior regional council and is the constituency president in the Shuswap. She is running for VP from the floor for the sole reason that there is a lack of representation of voices from rural BC being put forward on the slate appointed by the table officers of the party.

If we truly want to win seats in rural BC and create viable strategies that needs to include input from those that have lived breathed, and experienced the challenges of building and engaging our movement in rural BC. There are NDP supporters in every corner of our province and the internal political games and structure of our party is interfering with the recruitment and retention of those people. We need radical change in both external and internal politics and young mothers have always been the source of this type change. That is who I am, a young mother who does not have time to play political games, I only have time to get to work to make the world a better place for my son, and that’s what I will do.
Nomination for President
JESSICA LAR-SON
Submitted Nov 23 »
Nomination for President
Jessica is a feminist and long-time activist. She’s ready to do better for everybody in this Party, and for nobody to be left behind.
Nomination for Vice President
JUNE LIU
Submitted Nov 23 »
Nomination for Vice President
My name is June and I’m a young, queer, WOC who is tired of seeing my fellow NDP’ers be silenced and poorly represented within the Party with specific regards to intersectional issues. I’m here and ready to stand up and fight for a safer place and better treatment for everyone.
Nomination for Vice President
BRYNN BOURKE
Submitted Nov 23 »
Nomination for Vice President

Brynn Bourke is a long - time New Democrat with extensive experience running campaigns in New Westminster, Coquitlam & Port Moody, Vancouver Kingsway and, most recently, regionally managed Burnaby – New Westminster in the 2017 election.

Brynn is currently the Executive Director of the BC Federation of Labour. Before joining the Federation, Brynn worked for seven years with the BC Building Trades and prior to that, as a Constituency Assistant for New Democrat Members of the BC Legislature and the House of Commons.

Brynn has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from SFU and a Master Degree in Constitutional Legal Studies from the Department of Law at Carlton University.
Elected by Labour Caucus
SUSSANNE SKIDMORE
Vice President, Labour »
Elected by Labour Caucus

Sussanne Skidmore was elected BC Federation of Labour Secretary-Treasurer in November 2018. A well-known human rights, social justice and queer rights activist, Sussanne is currently the Labour Vice President for the BC NDP and has also served as a Member at Large on the Provincial Executive. Sussanne is also the Treasurer of the Federal NDP and has been a candidate and passionate voice for women’s participation in the party.

Sussanne served as executive vice-president of BCGEU from 2014 - 2018 and as a union activist, represented government administrative services workers in the Prince George area of north-central BC.

By profession, Sussanne is a training analyst in the Court Services Branch of the Ministry of Justice where she worked for more than a decade.
Nomination for Member at Large
STEPHANIE SMITH
Submitted Nov 23 »
Nomination for Member at Large
President of the BCGEU since 2014. Member of the Richmond North Centre constituency. First woman elected as BCGEU President. Union activist since 1981, first in New Zealand then Canada.
Elected by Labour Caucus
WALTER GERLACH
Member at Large, Labour »
Elected by Labour Caucus
Directing Business Representative
IAMAW – Northwest District Lodge 250
International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers

Walter and his spouse Cyndi and their three sons live in North Vancouver. He currently sits on the BC NDP Executive as the Member at Large representing Labour. He is also the Chair of the Affiliated Unions to the BC NDP Caucus.

Walter is a volunteer Board member of the UWLM and is also active on the Campaign Cabinet of the United Way of the Lower Mainland, as well as being on the Leadership Team of the Waterfront United initiative.
Nomination for President
CRAIG KEATING
Submitted Nov 23 »
Nomination for President
Craig Keating was first elected BC NDP President in November 2013 and re-elected at Conventions 2015 and 2017. He was the BC NDP candidate in North Vancouver-Lonsdale in 2005 and 2013. He was a North Vancouver City Councillor from 1999-2018 and has worked in a variety of roles on NDP campaigns in Ontario and British Columbia since 1980.
Nomination for Member at Large
RAYMOND LOUIE
Submitted Nov 23 »
Nomination for Member at Large
Raymond Louie is currently the Chief Operating Officer of Coromandel Properties and a strategic
consultant. He is former national representative for his union and served 16 years in elected
office in the City of Vancouver. During his elected time, he held many positions including
Permanent Acting Mayor/ Councillor, Metro Vancouver Board Vice-Chair and Federation of
Canadian Municipalities President.

Relevant experience:

Coromandel Properties
- Chief Operating Officer, 2019 - present
RPLOUIE Consulting Ltd.
- Strategic Advisor 2018 - present
Federation of Canadian Municipalities
- President, 2015-2016
Federation of Canadian Municipalities - Green Municipal Fund
- Chair, 2009 -2015
City of Vancouver:
- Councillor / Acting Mayor, (five terms) 2002 – 2018

While elected, Raymond served on numerous boards and committees:

City:
- Chair, Standing Committee on City Services and Budgets
- Member, Standing Committee on Planning, Transportation and Environment
- Director, Vancouver Parking Corporation
- Director, Vancouver Civic Theatres Board
- Co-Chair, Steering Committee for the redevelopment of Southeast False Creek
- Vice-Chair, City Creative Task Force
- Co-Chair, Mayor's Working Group on Immigration
- Chair, Pacific National Exhibition
Regional:
- Vice Chair, Metro Vancouver Regional District (GVRD)
- Chair, Metro Vancouver Finance and Intergovernmental Relations Committee
- Director, Metro Vancouver Labour Relations Bureau
- Director, Metro Vancouver Finance Committee
- Director, Greater Vancouver Transportation Authority (GVTA)
- Director, GVTA Finance and Audit Committee
Provincial:
- Director, Lower Mainland Local Government Association
- Director, Ecomm 911
- Director/ Trustee, British Columbia Municipal Finance Authority
National:
- President, Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM)
- Chair, FCM Green Municipal Fund
Nomination for Member at Large
BARB NEDERPEL
Submitted Nov 23 »
Nomination for Member at Large
Barb Nederpel is the outgoing Party Treasurer, appointed by Provincial Council and had been elected Interior Regional Representative in 2015 and 2017. She is the President of the Hospital Employees’ Union and the former President of the Kamloops and District Labour Council giving her a long and proud history of standing up for health care, seniors care, workers’ rights and family supporting jobs, human rights, and poverty elimination initiatives.
Nomination for Vice President
MARIA DOBRINSKAYA
Submitted Nov 23 »
Nomination for Vice President

Maria Dobrinskaya is the BC Director at the Broadbent Institute, an independent national organization that champions change through the promotion of social democracy, equality, and sustainability, and the training of a new generation of leaders.

A creative political strategist and effective communicator, Maria brings over 15 years of political experience to her work, having been involved in successful campaigns at all three levels of government, in electoral and issue-based politics. She is a frequent media commentator on municipal, provincial, and federal politics.

Maria has previously served two terms on the Provincial Executive of the BC NDP as a regional representative, and prior to that served on her local constituency executive.

Before working in politics and government, Maria spent over a decade in Vancouver’s hospitality sector.
Nomination for Vice President
PAUL FAORO
Submitted Nov 23 »
Nomination for Vice President

Paul Faoro is President of CUPE BC, first elected to that position in 2015, after serving as Secretary-Treasurer for two years. He was re-elected President by acclamation in 2017 and again in 2019. Faoro was first elected to CUPE BC’s Executive Board as a Regional Vice President in 2007, and General Vice President in 2009. Prior to his election as Secretary-Treasurer, Faoro served for 14 years as President of CUPE Local 15 in Vancouver, the largest CUPE Local in BC.

Faoro is also one of five General Vice Presidents of CUPE National. He has served as a Vice President of the BC NDP since 2013.
Nomination for Vice President
MEGAN OLSON
Submitted Nov 23 »
Nomination for Vice President

Megan Olson is seeking re-election as Vice President of the BC NDP.

Megan worked on her first NDP election campaigns as a child, before joining the Young New Democrats at 18 years old. She has served in numerous positions within the BCNDP, including as Co-Chair of the BC YND and President of the UBC New Democrats. She has participated with several BCNDP constituencies and NDP Ridings, and is currently serving her ninth year as President of the Stikine NDP Constituency Association. Megan has had the pleasure of working on Doug Donaldson’s re-election campaigns and most recently on Taylor Bachrach’s successful campaign to become Skeena-Bulkley Valley’s MP.

During her undergraduate years she worked as a Constituency Assistant for Ian Waddell, M.L.A., as well as worked at UFCW 1518. After attaining her law degree from Queens University, she worked for the Ontario Ministry of Labour. She now works for Legal Aid BC as a child protection lawyer, managing the Parents Legal Centre in Smithers. She is a member of the Professional Employees Association. Megan lives with her Husband Ed in Smithers.
Nomination for Vice President
RACHNA SINGH
Submitted Nov 23 »
Nomination for Vice President

When Rachna Singh moved to Canada in 2001, she chose Surrey to build a better life for her young family. The warm welcome her family received as they got involved in community activities is something she will never forget.

Rachna has worked as a drug and alcohol counselor, a support worker for women facing domestic violence, and a community activist – she has a proven track record of fighting for people and getting things done.

Rachna was elected as MLA for Surrey Green Timbers in May 2017.
Nomination for Oversight Committee Member
SAM SCHECHTER
Submitted Nov 22 »
Nomination for Oversight Committee Member
- Former BC NDP YND Co-Chair
- Foprmer BC NDP Regional Rep
- Former North Vancouver City Councillor
- Current Instructor at Douglas College
Nomination for Vice President
GLEN SANFORD
Submitted Nov 22 »
Nomination for Vice President

Since volunteering on his first campaign in 1972, Glen Sanford has worked on dozens of NDP campaigns across the country as a volunteer, organizer, communications officer and campaign manager.

Glen served as BC Director for the federal NDP campaigns of 2011, 2015, and 2019, and as Deputy Director of the BC provincial campaign in 2017.

He sits on the BC NDP Provincial Executive as Chair of the Standing Committee on Agriculture (until Sunday morning, when SCOA will elect a new chair). Glen lives in Fanny Bay and is the Director of the Comox Valley Art Gallery.
Nomination for Vice President
JOHN YANO
Submitted Nov 22 »
Nomination for Vice President
- Former Vancouver & North Rep to the BC NDP Exec
- Worked in all elections since 2005, Prov, Fed & Civic
- Former Provincial Council Delegate
- Member of the BC NDP PRide Committee
- Former Shop Steward
Nomination for Treasurer
JAIME MATTEN
Submitted Nov 22 »
Nomination for Treasurer

I am honoured to put my name forward for the position of Treasurer for the BC NDP. I have long worked for and with our party, and see this as an opportunity to continue that work in a meaningful and direct way.

Currently I am the Campaign Director for the Health Sciences Association of BC, a union serving health care and community social service workers across the province. Before joining the HSA, I worked with the BC Federation of Labour both as the Communications Director and then Government Relations Director. Serving in these roles to advance the rights and protections of working people in this province has been a unique privilege, and I continue to be inspired by the advocacy and passion of our collective movements for change.

I started my activism while at university in Victoria where, as a young single mother, I joined the student movement fighting for tuition fee reductions and grant programs to support access to education. It was through the student movement that I joined the party – what would turn out to be the start of a long-standing relationship. I spent time working for our caucus when in opposition, from 2003 to 2009, supporting our MLA team as we grew from 2 to 3, and then to 33. This remarkable time on our party’s growth still lives large as a symbol of our strength and resilience. I also had the opportunity to take my experience into local government, serving as the political advisor to a progressive mayor who embraced the fight for affordable housing and community-led city building.

The collection of these experiences, both professional and personal, have given me a deep understanding of the real and positive impact progressive government can have on the lives of British Columbians. Conversely, I witnessed the damage done by a BC Liberal government that undermined the services and protections people rely on everyday. My years of activism have shaped my commitment to the NDP and the shared values this party is built on. The role of Treasurer is much more than numbers and spreadsheets. It is about putting into action our collective values, and ensuring our party continues on solid ground into the next election. I am eager to be part of this ongoing project and to work alongside our members during this exciting time.