Vancouver, British Columbia , Canada
|| July 11, 1954
Sep 04, 2019 09:33pm
|Info||Joyce Murray immigrated to Canada with her parents in 1961 where they settled in the West Point Grey neighbourhood in Vancouver. After graduating from Lord Byng High School and studying at SFU, she married Dirk Brinkman in 1977. They raised their three children, Baba, Erik and Dawn in the Lower Mainland area. |
A founding partner, Joyce devoted 25 years to building Canada’s leading reforestation business, Brinkman & Associates Reforestation Ltd. The company’s 1200 employees currently provide forest management and ecological restoration services, specializing in sustainable management of aboriginal tenures, and multiple-value reforestation projects in Central America. The company has planted over 850 million trees across Canada and today has operations in five countries. Joyce recently steered company executives through the development of a five-year plan for expansion of the company’s international program.
Joyce earned a Masters in Business Administration from SFU in 1992, receiving the Faculty of Business “Dean’s Convocation Medal” as the top MBA graduate.
Her professional activities also include designing and leading training seminars, and guest lecturer in SFU’s Executive MBA and Masters of Public Policy programs. She had led many strategy seminars for non-profit organizations, most recently for the Environment Ministry of South Australia in 2006.
Joyce Murray was first elected in 2001 to represent the riding of New Westminster, serving four years as MLA. Her results include securing over $170 million in capital investment and grant commitments from senior governments including:
-funds for bridge and highway improvements,
-funding commitments for three new schools,
-sports facility improvements
-grants for the Fraser River Discovery Center and a sewer outflow facility,
-new daycare spaces, women’s transition beds, housing for the homeless,
-new medical equipment, hospice beds and hospital labs
Joyce has a track record of initiating and organizing community activities such as
-founded the New Westminster Festival of Volunteers (5th anniversary in 2007)
-founded a community committee linking to the 2010 Winter Games
-initiated and chaired 60th Anniversary of D-Day/Juno Beach event in New Westminster
Joyce was appointed to Cabinet as Minister of Water, Land and Air Protection (Environment) on June 5, 2001. As a member of the Premier’s Executive Council Joyce made a vital contribution to the difficult task of putting the BC economy back on a sound footing again, and turning deficits into surpluses.
Direct benefits of Joyce’s work as minister responsible for the environment include:
- The purchase and protection of Burns Bog, and new Provincial and National Parks in the Southern Gulf islands
-The first-ever regulations protecting ground water
-3 million hectares of crown forest set aside for vulnerable wildlife species habitat and winter range
-Increased fines and charges for polluters
On January 26, 2004, Joyce was appointed Minister of Management Services, also responsible for the BC Public Service Agency and BC Buildings Corporation (BCBC). Notable accomplishments include:
-High-speed internet to all BC schools and rural and remote communities completed by December 2006
-Strengthening legislation protecting personal information, ensuring BC’s place as a national leader in privacy laws and policies
-Overseeing improvements to the delivery of government services, resulting in $180 million annual savings to tax-payers
Recent activities include a 6-week environmental fact-finding tour of New Zealand and Australia, meeting with ministers, civil servants, ENGOs and elected representatives to learn about their environmental challenges and solutions.
In 2006 Joyce Co-Chaired the BC campaign for Liberal Party candidate Stéphane Dion. She was drawn to his “Three Pillars” vision of creating a strong economy and social justice through environmental leadership and action.