JOHN COUPAR Park Board Commissioner
John Coupar is seeking a third term as Vancouver Park Board Commissioner and was first elected to the Board in 2011. He is an advocate for horticultural excellence in parks and green spaces and is well-known for his successful effort to save and restore the Bloedel Conservatory in Queen Elizabeth Park.
Coupar brings a strong business background to the Park Board having spent many years in senior management positions in a number of Canadian corporations. Presently John serves as President of a leading green carbon neutral courier and transportation company. He is also the Past President of Friends of the Bloedel Association and a Past Governor of VanDusen Botanical Gardens and former member of the VBGA executive committee.
In 2013, Coupar received the City of Vancouver Heritage Award of Honour for the successful campaign to save the Bloedel Conservatory in Queen Elizabeth Park; he obtained significant private funding as well as capital funding from civic and federal government to restore and refurbish the Conservatory. He is also a former Public Board Member on the College of Dietitians of British Columbia and served on the College’s registration committee.
Coupar’s key achievements as a Park Board Commissioner include working to obtain capital funding for the Bloedel Conservatory roof replacement, new docks at Vanier Park, a commercial kitchen and separate elevator at the new Killarny Seniors Centre, the ongoing creation of a Park Foundation, and introducing a successful motion to ensure that a Dragon Boat facility in False Creek would be built.
In 2015, while serving as Park Board Chair, Coupar took a number of steps to focus the Park Board on improved service delivery and initiated several major events and activities to highlight the role of Park Board in delivering Vancouver’s healthy active lifestyle, notably the Queen Elizabeth Park 75th Anniversary celebration in the summer of 2015. As well Coupar has strongly advocated for the independence of the Park Board as a cherished Vancouver institution.
Coupar and his wife live in the Olympic Village in False Creek a green and sustainable Vancouver community and have two adult children.