Why I am Running
Three years ago, I received a calI: “Gord. Don’t hang up. Just hear me out. It’s Andrew.” I turned down Andrew Weaver’s invitation to be a candidate in Langford-Juan de Fuca for the BC Greens. This time there was no call from Andrew — ironically the first call was an NDP supporter who asked me to run.
I have many reasons to run, including the current and accelerating impacts of climate change, archaic provincial legislation (Mines Act for one), and most recently, the assault to democracy with the call of a snap election in the middle of a pandemic.
Never shy of a challenge, I have put my name forward to be the next Green MLA in the most challenging riding in the province — running against John Horgan.
I believe democracy is best served when a diversity of citizens with different views and values are represented in a minority government. Voting Green will help achieve this. Over the past three years, through an agreement between the Greens and the NDP, British Columbians have had excellent representation.
Gord is committed to building resilient economies and thriving communities that adapt to our rapidly changing climate.
- Two-term councillor, District of Highlands
- Vice Chair of the CRD Regional Water Supply Commission
- Commissioner for the Juan de Fuca Water Distribution Commission
- Co-owner and founder of Eco-Sense Living; a local business that focuses on design systems for water, energy, food, and buildings.
- Gord’s home was called the “World’s Greenest House” for over a decade
Gord presently sits as a second-term councillor in the District of Highlands, Vice Chair of the CRD Regional Water Supply Commission, and Commissioner for the Juan de Fuca Water Distribution Commission. He helps people and communities have access to clean water both in his role as a councillor and his professional work.
For the last 15 years Gord has been the co-owner of Eco-Sense Living; a resilient and diversified business that focuses on integrated, regenerative design systems for water, energy, food, and buildings. His home was called the “World’s Greenest House” for over a decade with the award of “Living Building Challenge Petal Recognition.”
Gord is the President of the BC Fruit Testers Association, a non-profit supporting BC farmers, hobby orchardists, and horticultural students. I am also the co-author of a book on compost toilets.
His experience in policy creation is informed by broad-ranging technical, design, and hands-on skills including integrated water and waste systems, construction and codes, sustainable energy, horticulture, and regenerative agriculture.
He thrives on inspiring and teaching a broad range of people. He has given classes, workshops, presentations, and tours to 1000s, including elementary to university students, bankers and engineers, policy makers and politicians . . . including John Horgan on many occasions.
He holds a BA from SFU, and have spent most my years in business, beginning as co-owner of Advance Collision.