Announcement – Mayor Greg Moore
Today I am announcing that I will not be seeking re-election as Mayor of Port Coquitlam in next year’s Municipal election. I am excited to share that I will be moving onto a different career path using all that I have gained from this incredible experience. It has been 16 years that I will have served my community and Metro Vancouver — 6 years as a City Councillor, 10 years as Mayor, and seven years as Metro Vancouver Board Chair.
Erin and I decided to enter politics in 2002. Our goal then was to make our community and the surrounding areas a better place and to give back. Every day, since 2002 has been about achieving this goal.
I came into this realm of work as the youngest Mayor in Port Coquitlam history and the youngest Chairperson in Metro Vancouver’s history. I leave the legacy of being the third longest serving mayor in Port Coquitlam and longest serving Chairperson in Metro Vancouver.
When I reflect on my strengths as a community and regional leader the achievements I am most proud of are:
- Good Governance
- In today’s politically fuelled environment I am proud of the collaborative, respectful and complimentary working environment at the Port Coquitlam Council table and the Metro Vancouver Board room.
- Open Transparent Leadership and Empowering Others
- I have consciously worked to empower City Council and the Metro Vancouver Board members to lead committees and represent the organization, allowing each person to shine and provide meaningful input. I also lead the way in opening up government and being transparent, one such example is, I published my monthly calendar and expenses.
- Strong Organizational Leadership
- From day one in my role as Mayor, I worked to build a strong organization and engaged leadership. I believe both Port Coquitlam and Metro Vancouver have stronger fiscal management and oversight, more engaged leadership and are more accountable to the tax payers.
Any success I have had in my career has been largely due to the wonderful support and strong, healthy relationship I have with my wife Erin. Erin and I have been partners in this endeavour. Erin has been a mentor, a partner and someone I have been able to lean on throughout this journey. I am also blessed to have an amazing daughter, Madison, who has grow up in the community spotlight and has only known me in this working role. She has done all of this with such grace.
I would like to give a special thank you to the current and past City Council colleagues as well as my current and past CAO – Tony Chong and John Leeburn, it has been a pleasure to work with all of them. We created an amazing working environment, one in which we respect each other and honour each other’s skills and opinions. When I became Mayor, a colleague from another city said, don’t think about becoming friends with City Council, this doesn’t happen. I am happy to share that he couldn’t have been more wrong, I would consider all of my current and past council colleagues as friends.
It has been an honour and pleasure to lead the Metro Vancouver Board of Directors and work with such passionate and knowledgeable community leaders from around the region. The Regional District staff and the Directors are committed to making, and are successful at making this region the most livable. Two very important leaders I wish to thank and acknowledge is Vice Chair Raymond Louie, and CAO Carol Mason, two incredibly smart, talented and futuristic leaders I was lucky to be partnered up with.
The staff at the City of Port Coquitlam, Metro Vancouver and Translink are to be commended for their outstanding work ethic, leadership, talent and professional commitment to making a difference and always striving for excellence all the time! An incredibly passionate group to have the pleasure to work with. Someone I could not have done my role as Mayor without, is Jane Williams. She kept me on schedule, organized and everyone loves to work with, just as I do today.
Finally, I want to say thank you to the residents of Port Coquitlam who have supported Erin, Madison and myself over the last 16 years. We have been blessed to be given this opportunity. We hope that we have left Port Coquitlam and this regional in a better place.
- Port Coquitlam City Councillor: 2002 – 2008
- Port Coquitlam Mayor: 2008 – 2018
- Metro Vancouver Board Member: 2008 – 2018
- Metro Vancouver Chair of Board: 2011 – 2018
- Translink Mayors Council: 2008 – 2018
- Chairperson: Mayors Ten Year Vision Committee: 2014
- Municipal Finance Committee: 2012 – 2018
- Regional Prosperity Initiative Steering Committee Chairperson: 2016 – 2018
- Integrated Partnership for Regional Emergency Management (IPREM) 2011 – 2018
- Union of BC Affordable Housing Committee Chairperson: 2017 – 2018
- Western Transportation Advisory Council (Westac) Board Member: 2011 – 2017
- Union of BC Board Member: 2009 – 2011
- Co-Chair: Strong Fiscals Future Committee: 2013
- Chairperson: Affordable Housing Strategy Committee: 2017 – 2018
- BC Mayor Caucus, Steering Committee 2013 – 2015
- Chairperson of Hawthorne Seniors Care Capital Campaign
- Campaign Cabinet Member, United Way of the Lower Mainland
- Board Member and Founder, I Am Someone to End Bullying Society
- Honourary Chair and Founder, Homes for Good Ending Homelessness Society
- Honourary Chair of the Heart of Hawthorne Foundation
- Past Board Member, HR MacMillan Space Centre Board of Directors
- Past Co-Chair, Capital Fundraising Task Force, New View Society
- Past Board Member, Port Coquitlam Heritage and Cultural Society
- Past Chairperson, Terry Fox Hometown Run
- Past Chairperson, North East Sector Stream Stewardship Committee
- Recipient of the Rotary Paul Harris Fellow Award
- Queens Diamond Jubilee recipient
- Vancouver Magazine Power 50
- Tri-City News Politician of the Year
- Clean50 and Clean16 Award recipient
- UBCM Award – Disaster Recovery Planning for businesses: 2017
- Received Government Finance Officers’ Association Awards – 19th consecutive year
- UBCM Award – Excellence in Action – City waste cart locks: 2015
- Open for Business Award: 2014
- CMO recognized across North America with National Recognition Award from American Council of Engineering Companies: 2013
- Received UBCM Award – First Place – Best Practices: Social Media: 2012
- Received UBCM Award – Honourable Mention – Best Practices: Website: 2011
- Received Certificate of Recognition from British Columbia Municipal Safety Association for employee health and safety programs: 2011
- Union of British Columbia Municipalities Community Engagement Award for website: 2010
- Union of BC Municipalities Award for Community Leadership and Innovation for requirement for green roofs on large-format buildings: 2009
- United Nations Public Service Award, 2nd place, for Metro Vancouver’s Public Outreach and Engagement Program: 2012
- RCBC 2016 Public Sector Award – National Zero Waste Council for “Excellence and Leadership in Environmental Stewardship”: 2016
- Canadian Water and Wastewater Association – Utility Excellence Awards for “Wipes” Pilot Project: 2016
- Association of Consulting Engineering Companies BC – Port Mann Water Supply Tunnel, “2017 Award for Engineering Excellence” in the Municipal Infrastructure category: 2017
- Planning Institute of BC – Regional Planning’s Housing and Transportation Cost Burden Study, GOLD award for Excellence in Planning, under “Research and New Directions”: 2017
- UBCM – Wood WORKS! BC Community Recognition Awards for the Kanaka Creek Stewardship Centre and its outstanding use of wood as an architectural and structural material: 2017
Achievements City of Port Coquitlam
- Groundbreaking – New 205,000 sq. foot recreation complex
- Inaugural PoCo Grand Prix
- Two-year capital plan / infrastructure renewal
- Pianos in the Street
- New Cultural Plan
- $12.5 million federal grant for Rec Complex and $1.9M for Blakeburn Lagoons
- Organizational development – Continuous Improvement Program
- Implemented Biz Directory
- Housing Action Plan
- Decreased municipal taxes by 0.21 per cent – first decrease on record
- Implemented BCIT Leadership Certificate program in-house
- Launched PoCo at Work Week – Council goes undercover
- Improved service to businesses through new programs such as online Biz Info Hub and PoCoWorks job board
- TELUS fibre optic
- Ranked the third most livable city in BC and 33rd out of 200 across Canada in Moneysense magazine’s annual Best Places to Live ranking.
- Launched a year-long 100th birthday
- Introduced policy to make all playgrounds accessible
- Launched Best Biz Awards
- Pitt River Intertidal Habitat
- Mayor’s Task Force on Business Development
- Port Coquitlam Community Foundation
- Opened live fire training facility
- Launched Adopt-a-SPOT (Street, Park or Trail) program
- Hyde Creek Recreation Centre upgrade
- Introduced green cart pickup to multi-family homes and expanded green/blue cart pickup to schools
- Completion of the Coast Meridian Overpass
- Secured funding from the Build Canada grant program for Broadway Street and for Environmental Compensation.
- Opened City’s first dog off-leash area in Shaughnessy Park
- Coordinated Mayor’s Action Team on Homelessness
- Expanded the Kitchen Waste Collection Program to include all food scraps – making Port Coquitlam the first in the Lower Mainland to do so.
- Obtained federal and provincial grants in excess of $7.5 million for the Broadway Street Reconstruction
- Secured $2 million for Bike Lane program on Coast Meridian Overpass
Achievements Metro Vancouver
- Commissioning of Port Mann Water Supply Tunnel, 2017
- Over $405 million in federal/provincial funding secured for construction of the North Shore Wastewater Treatment Plant, 2017
- Grouse Mountain Regional Park, 2017
- The success of Metro Vancouver and its member municipalities in achieving many of the objectives included in Metro 2040, the Regional Growth Strategy:
- Target of 98% of growth within the Urban Containment Boundary has been achieved;
- Target of 40% of housing growth to occur within Urban Centres has almost been achieved – we are at 39%;
- Target of 28% of housing growth along Frequent Transit Corridors is within reach – we are at 25%
- Commencement of Annacis Island Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrades project, 2015
- Commencement of the Clayton Reservoir Replacement Project, 2016
- Completion of upgrades to the Northwest Langley Wastewater Treatment Plant, 2016
- Surrey Bend Regional Park, 2016
- Commissioning of the Seymour-Capilano Twin Tunnels, 2015
- Commissioning of the Barnston-Maple Ridge Pump Station, 2015
- Lead the innovative and successful organics ban throughout the region in 2015
- Commissioning of the Coquitlam UV Disinfection facility, 2014
- Founded and development and growth of the National Zero Waste Council
- As Chair of the Waste Management Committee – led the introduction of Metro Vancouver’s Zero Waste Conference, which over the 7 years since its inception has become a cornerstone annual event in the push towards the achievement of a zero waste economy