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Mathew Bond 

Councillor, District of North Vancouver

Matthew is a Professional Engineer with seven years of experience working with transportation systems. He pursues his passion for innovative and practical initiatives to improve transportation, cities and sustainability through a commitment to life-long learning.

In addition to a BASc, he has completed a Certificate in Sustainable Community Development and is completing a Certificate in Next-Generation Transportation and Cities. He is also an SFU Radius Fellow, mentoring future generations of changemakers and social innovators in the Lower Mainland.

Kiersten Duncan

Councillor, City of Maple Ridge

In addition to Council duties, Kiersten works as a Lifeguard and Aquatic Team Leader (ATL) at Hyde Creek Recreation Centre in Port Coquitlam and has worked locally in the eco-tourism industry for a number of years. Her work with Pinnacle Pursuits as an Experimental and Outdoor Education Instructor has helped her develop a strong skill set teaching team building and leadership training to youth and adults for over 5 years.

She recently completed her first aid instructor course and hopes to run low cost first aid courses in Maple Ridge to help people attain or advance their level of employment with these new skills. Kiersten is also studying Urban Development and Environmental Science at the University of the Fraser Valley. 

Volunteering is close to Kiersten's heart. As a long time resident and volunteer, she's had the pleasure of working closely with many community leaders and personal mentors who fuel her passion for local politics. 

Patrick Johnstone

Councillor, New Westminister

Patrick is a Professional Geoscientist who works in environmental protection and contaminated sites. He has been a volunteer, a community builder, a blogger, and a leader of conversations in New Westminster.

He has volunteered in various roles at community events, from Jane’s Walks to PechaKucha nights, New West Pride, and the Royal City Farmer’s Market. He has given talks on sustainability and community engagement for diverse audiences, such as the City of New Westminster’s EnVision2032 Sustainability Fair and the 2014 Sustainable Spaces Forum presented by the Rivershead Society of BC. He has also worked towards increasing civic engagement in New West through social media and his blog, where he tries to make local government more understandable to the general community.

Nathan Pachal 

Councillor, City of Langley

Nathan has been writing, researching, and talking about issues that affect the livability of Metro Vancouver, with a focus on the South of Fraser, for close to a decade. He has been featured in local, regional, and national media.

In 2008, Nathan co-founded South Fraser OnTrax—a sustainable transportation advocacy organization—and the Greater Langley Cycling Coalition in 2009. He is currently serving as a councillor in the City of Langley.

Nathan previously published his research on land use and the ALR in his report, “Decade of Exclusions? A Snapshot of the Agricultural Land Reserve from 2000-2009 in the South of Fraser” (2010).

He also co-authored “Leap Ahead: A transit plan for Metro Vancouver” with Paul Hillsdon in 2013. This plan was a precursor to the 2014 Mayors’ Council on Regional Transportation Transit Plan for Metro Vancouver.


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