Allyson Fraser has been elected Councillor since December 2001 and has served six consecutive two-year terms. Allyson is the Executive Assistant for the Musqueam Legal/Taxation Department and holds a Para Legal Certification from Capilano University; Budget Based Tax Rate Setting Certification from the First Nations Tax Administrators’ Institute and Property Tax Policy Certification from Simon Fraser University. In administering Tax Policies, she believes in maintaining fair and efficient property tax regimes and ensures our community and the Musqueam Tax Payers alike, receive the maximum benefits. Allyson has a commendable history in working with First Nations, Aboriginal organizations and the Federal Government and her areas of expertise also include Land Management and Indian Registry Reporting.
Allyson has worked as a Regional Technician on the Aboriginal Lands Advisory Board and has also served on several Committees of Council (eg: Housing, Education, Employment & Training, Lands, Public Works and Self-Governance.)
Allyson is a member of the Grant and Point family and takes pride in the Culture and Traditions of the Musqueam people. She has two children and two grandchildren. Over the years, Allyson received foster parenting certification and fostered a number of children.
Chair, Real Estate and Business Advisory Committee
Norm Shearing has been involved in some of Vancouver’s largest real estate developments – most notable, the planning and redevelopment of the Expo Lands, the Coal Harbour Bayshore property and the River District. An Architect, and LEED Accredited Professional, Norm is a former Chair of the Vancouver Urban Design Panel and a recognized champion of sustainable developments that reflect values of community well-being through the design and placement of structures in relation to the natural environment. Norm’s leadership expertise has helped transform brownfield sites into thriving, well-loved residential communities. An experienced consensus-builder, Norm believes strongly in engaging with stakeholders and consultation as a means of addressing complex urban issues. His collaborative leadership style and his ability to move organizations forward transition well into board rooms and community centres where he reinvests his time and care in community building – a commitment he has made consistently for more than twenty years. A former Director of Canadian Green Building Council and Smart Growth BC, Norm continues as a sustainability champion as President, Dockside Green Limited where he is responsible for the ongoing development of the award winning Dockside Green neighbourhood located in Victoria’s inner harbour.
Norm received his undergraduate degree from SFU and continued his education completing a degree from UBC’s school of architecture.
Chair of Finance
Chair of the Musqueam Capital Corp. Board Finance & Audit Committee and member of the Human Resources Committee, Denise is a seasoned leader with 30 years of experience in commercial real estate spanning senior responsibility for operations, finance and legal. She is principal of Bravura Business Solutions, a recognized leader in governance advisory and contract executive services. Past positions include executive vice president of TitanStar Properties Inc. and co-principal of the IAT Group of Companies, where she helped build the Canadian and American business and assisted in taking privately held Canadian real estate assets public by way of one of Canada’s first income trusts. Her extensive experience on numerous Boards includes currently serving on the Board of DIRTT Environmental Solutions Ltd., and past positions which include past Board Chair for Community Living BC, an $850 million Crown corporation, and a founding director and Board Vice Chair of the BC Provincial Health Services Authority, where she participated in the formation of Board governance and helped oversee the creation of an entirely new organization comprised of eight major provincial agencies. She holds a director designation (ICD.D) with the Institute of Corporate Directors.
Henry F. Man is President and CEO of Magellen Developments (20/20) Inc., a company founded by him in 2004 to specialize in medium and high density urban real estate developments and related investments. Prior to starting Magellen, Mr. Man was the Executive Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer of Concord Pacific Group Inc. in Vancouver and Director and Chief Operating Officer of Concord Adex Developments Corp. in Toronto, where he played a pivotal role in the development of two of Canada’s largest high density master planned communities. Prior to his work in the real estate industry, Henry had a successful engineering and management career with British Petroleum Canada in Calgary.
Henry is on the Board of the Musqueam Capital Corporation. He is the Vice Chair of the Providence Health Care Society Board, a member of the Building Commission of the Catholic Archdiocese of Vancouver, as well as a member of the Advisory Committee to the Dean of Engineering at UBC. Henry’s past directorships include the Canadian Club in Toronto, the past Chair of the St. Paul’s Hospital Foundation in Vancouver, Corpus Christi and St. Mark’s Colleges at UBC, the St. George’s School in Vancouver, and the Community Care Foundation in Vancouver. He was a recipient of Business in Vancouver’s Top 40 under 40 Achievement Award.
Mr. Man obtained his Engineering degree from UBC in 1983 and his MBA (Finance) from the University of Calgary in 1991.
Michael Harcourt, or Mike as he is known to all, is a man with incredible determination, passion and vision, in every forum of his life. Perhaps most important in his countless and memorable achievements is his legacy of great cities and immense hope for the future of civil society.
Mike is a passionate believer in the power of cities and communities to improve the human condition. He has steadfastly maintained his focus on conservation and sustainable development and because of his efforts has played a significant role in promoting quality of life for those in Canada and abroad. He has held significant urban posts his entire adult life and his interest in civil society, urban design, conservation and sustainable development have made him the leader he is today in advancing livability in our cities.
Over the span of his illustrious career, Mike began by starting the first storefront law office in Canada, and establishing the UBC law school legal advice clinic (1968-71). He then went on to serve for four terms as a Vancouver Alderman (1972-980), until he became a tremendously successful and articulate Mayor of Vancouver for three terms (1980-1986). In that position he played a prominent role in establishing Vancouver as one of the world’s most livable cities through effective land use and planning. Mike then moved on to serve as the 30th Premier of British Columbia (1991-1996), where he extended the boundaries of quality of life in urban areas, with the 1995 Growth Strategy Act. Among his many noteworthy achievements at that time was his success in safeguarding more than 12 percent of the province’s land base, establishing 500 new protected areas.
After retiring from politics, Mike made headlines in 2002, when a devastating six-metre fall left him partially paralyzed. He has shown incredible physical, emotional and spiritual strength in his remarkable recovery, and published a book about his ordeal called Plan B – One Man’s Journey from Tragedy to Triumph. Following his accident, Mike became actively involved in spinal cord research and education, working with the Rick Hansen Man in Motion Foundation on International Collaboration on Repair Discoveries (I-CORD) and chairing the Spinal Cord Injury Quality of Life Advisory Group.
In 2003, as a self-described “recovering politician,” Mike was appointed Federal Commissioner on the British Columbia Treaty Commission. He has always been an avid supporter of aboriginal economic development, and his commitment to the treaty process is long-standing; as Premier in 1992, he signed the agreement establishing the Commission – the neutral body responsible for facilitating treaty negotiations among the governments of Canada, B.C. and First Nations in B.C.
In 1996, Mike was appointed by Prime Minister to serve as a member of the National Round Table on the Environment and Economy, where he served for eight years on the Executive Committee and Chaired the Urban Sustainability Program. He was named as a special advisor to Prime Minister Paul Martin on cities in December, 2003, and served as Chair of the Prime Minister’s External Advisory Committee for Cities and Communities, mandated to examine the future of Canada’s cities and communities. In 2006, his Committee delivered its final report, From Restless Communities to Resilient Places: Building a Stronger Future for All Canadians, whichfocuses on a long-term vision of the role that cities and communities should play in sustaining Canada’s prosperity.
In 2004, Mike was appointed as Co-Chair of the National Advisory Committee on the UN-HABITAT World Urban Forum III which was held in Vancouver, 2006.
Mike is Past Chair and Honorary Chair of the International Centre for Sustainable Cities, as well as Co-Chair of its International Panel of Advisors, which is an organization that provides practical demonstration projects to show how to implement urban sustainability. He is also an Honorary Member of the Canadian Institute of Planners.
Mike was appointed by United Way of the Lower Mainland to be lead faculty in United Way’s Public Policy Institute. The first of its kind in British Columbia, the Institute is designed to bring together public policy experts to work with senior managers in social services and health-related agencies who want to better understand and influence the public policy process. Mike accepted this appointment, which added to an already busy schedule because he believes the complexity of social and economic issues today demands that government and non-profits work together to better understand each other’s worlds, and that he can contribute to this important initiative.
As well, he was appointed to the Advisory Board of Canada’s Eco-Fiscal Commission.
His exemplary career as a lawyer, community activist, and politician has been honoured with several awards including: the J.B. Harkin Medal Award, Conservation of Nature, 2003; the prestigious Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars of the Smithsonian Institute public service award, 2005; and the Canadian Urban Institute’s Jane Jacobs Lifetime Achievement Award, 2006. In 2008, he was awarded the U.B.C. Alumni Achievement Award of Distinction for contributions to British Columbia, Canada and the global community as well as Order of Canada 2013.
In 1993, then US Vice President Al Gore applauded Premier Harcourt for permanently preserving the jointly shared ecosystem of the Tatshenshini River and Alaska’s Glacier Bay National Park in Northwest British Columbia.
In addition to countless articles, Mike has authored and co-authored three books: A Measure of Defiance; Plan B: One Man’s Journey from Tragedy to Triumph; and, City Making in Paradise: Nine Decisions That Saved Greater Vancouver’s Livability.
Mike Harcourt is a speaker and advisor internationally on sustainable cities, always providing tangible solutions aimed at improving the creativity, innovative capacity, and environmental sustainability of communities. In addition to devoting much of his time to promoting urban sustainability issues, he has been an advocate for the disabled community and the First Nations People.
Mike has had a profound and lasting influence in the public realm over many years and in many fields, and has earned national and international acclaim for his vision, passion and impact.
Mr. Charles is privileged to serve as a Council Member for the Musqueam Indian Band for the last 26 years and has played an active role on council committees dealing with substantive treaty, lands and finance issues. He is currently an Associate with Kealey and Associates and also serves as a director for the Musqueam Capital Corporation, the Fraser River Discovery Center and previously the Fraser Basin Council. He has been involved in policy analysis and negotiations for the private sector that has resulted in joint venture projects with First Nation communities. Mr. Charles also rounds out his expertise as a member of the Board of Trustees for the $20.M – Musqueam 2010 Olympic Legacy Trust, on behalf of the Musqueam Indian Band. He has accumulated enough credits at The Justice Institute of British Columbia in Conflict Resolution Specializing in Negotiation to qualify for Certification and will continue his pursuit of Professional Development at JIBC; he has gained a wealth of knowledge of contemporary Aboriginal issues through courses at the Banff Centre of Excellence and he recommends that any aspiring FN’s leader attend the Banff Centre. Nolan has also placed 3rd out of 50 contestants at Yuk Yuk’s Vancouver’s Search for New Talent in Stand-Up Comedy and is very honored to be working with the British Columbia Golf Association to promote the Future Links program.