Vancouver, British Columbia , Canada
Jun 10, 2008 03:49pm
|Info||Gregor Robertson brings a broad range of experience and a fresh perspective to Vancouver politics. Whether as a successful entrepreneur, a climate change advocate or as an elected MLA, Gregor has promoted the values of sustainability, fiscal balance and citizen consultation. He is living proof that business success can happen while acting responsibly toward people and the environment. |
Gregor is passionate about building a sustainable and prosperous future for Vancouver and BC. Prior to entering politics, Gregor co-founded Happy Planet, and grew the Vancouver-based socially responsible company up to 50 employees in 10 years. Happy Planet strives to produce exceptional juices, promote health and nutrition, support family farms and communities, and "grow a progressive business from which happiness flows." Happy Planet received the Ethics in Action Award in 2004, and was awarded the Vancouver Mayor's Environmental Award for exemplary achievement in 2003.
As the MLA for Vancouver-Fairview, Gregor served as the Opposition Critic for Small Business and Co-Chair of the Caucus Climate Change Task Force. Since being elected in 2005, Gregor has lead a successful campaign to protect affordable rental housing in Vancouver, he has worked to ensure that every public high school in the province has a copy of Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth, and he has been a tireless advocate for small businesses impacted by Canada Line construction. Most recently, Gregor put forward two private members bills mandating clear food labeling and the regulation of carcinogens, toxic substances and genetically engineered food.
Raised in Vancouver and a fifth-generation British Columbian, Gregor earned a Bachelor's degree, majoring in English and biology. He and his wife Amy traveled extensively and then established and managed an organic farm in the Fraser Valley for 7 years. From there, he started several businesses and dedicated himself to promoting sustainability.
In 2004, Gregor was named to Canada's "Top 40 under 40" brightest achievers in The Globe and Mail, one of the most prestigious awards in the country. He was chosen from among 1,400 nominees nationwide, and was one of only four recipients from BC.
Gregor has a long record of involvement in the community. He was a founding board member of the Tides Canada Foundation, and has served on a number of other boards, working for sustainable farming and forestry, and to protect wild salmon. Through his business, he's helped support over a thousand community organizations and events, from the Food Bank to the Folk Festival.
Gregor and Amy have four children: Terra, Satchel, Jinagh and Johanna. He is an ardent bike commuter, and in his spare moments he plays soccer, explores the great outdoors, and gets musical.