NPA 2018 Candidates


Ken Sim

Ken Sim is deeply passionate about Vancouver, its residents, and the issues that impact us all. He is eager for the opportunity to facilitate change around housing and bureaucratic ‘red tape’, not to mention bringing real change and progress on issues related to mental health, addiction, homelessness, and the Downtown Eastside, and helping the most vulnerable people living in our city. Ken is the co-founder of award-winning Nurse Next Door (2001) and Rosemary Rocksalt Bagels (2013). He is the recipient of numerous business awards and accolades including: EY Entrepreneur of the Year in 2006 and 2016 and Business in Vancouver’s Top 40 Under 40 in 2005. This election is a key time of change for our city, and Ken brings the experience and ability to deliver real solutions while being fiscally responsible, improving liveability and mobility in Vancouver, for everyone.



NPA 2018 City Council Candidate Bios



Rebecca Bligh

Rebecca has spent 20 years working with Vancouver startups that have grown to become global organizations. Rebecca’s hands-on education in small business and rapid growth companies has allowed her to hone her personal-coaching business and help many Vancouver professionals to achieve their full potential. Rebecca loves Vancouver and has found her niche working with grassroots organizations aligned with her personal values of family, community, growth, and communication. Rebecca travels regularly to Ethiopia and Mozambique where she supports leadership development programs, education and ecological conservation. Locally, Rebecca volunteers with the Dr. Peter Centre and Dr. Peter Aids Foundation.


Lisa Dominato

Lisa Dominato is a strategic leader with 20 years of experience in government administration, public policy, communications, and stakeholder relations. Elected to the Vancouver School Board in 2017, Lisa is passionate about public service and is a respected mental health and housing advocate. Lisa served the past six years on Vancouver’s Kettle Society Board and recently concluded her term as Chair. She is also a Board Director of the National Institute of Families for Child and Youth Mental Health.


Melissa De Genova

Melissa is known for her work in non-market housing and brings unique expertise to her role as a Vancouver City Councillor. Previously elected as a Park Board Commissioner, Melissa is committed to maximizing greenspace in our city. She volunteers as a board director for Honour House Society, a charitable organization that provides refuge to Canadian Forces members, first responders, and their families. She lives in East Vancouver with her husband, who works as a police officer, and their one-year old daughter.


Justin P. Goodrich

A community newspaper columnist, public affairs professional, and former community radio host and television host, Justin has spent his entire adult life tackling a wide-range of political and social issues. With a passion for both public policy and social justice, Justin has always sought to help others and make a positive contribution to his community. Justin holds a Master of Laws in diplomacy & international law with a concentration in international criminal law, terrorism, and the jurisdiction of the international criminal court.


David Grewal

David holds a degree in Engineering, a diploma in Business Administration, and has pursued a corporate career in the energy industry. In 2003 he left his corporate life behind and co-founded Absolute Energy Inc. from the basement of his home, growing it to become one of the largest natural gas supply management firms in B.C. An advocate for greater transparency, collaboration, and consultation, David values a progressive and inclusive society where decision-making is guided by strong engagement with citizens.


Colleen Hardwick

Colleen grew up inside Vancouver politics. Just 10 years old when her father was first elected as a Vancouver City Alderman, she developed an early understanding of the City; marching in protest of freeway development, studying city council agendas, and hiking through then derelict False Creek. She went on to enjoy a 20 year career in the Vancouver film industry and then a successful career with several tech-based ventures. Colleen loves Vancouver and is committed to helping ensure that future generations can continue to live here.


Sarah Kirby-Yung

Sarah Kirby-Yung was elected to the Vancouver Park Board in 2014 and has served as Chair and Vice-Chair of the Board. She is a strong advocate for the protection and expansion of parks, green spaces, recreational facilities, amenities, and the overall quality of life in our city. Kirby-Yung is a tourism industry and marketing communications leader who has held senior roles with a number of Vancouver-based organizations where she has been recognized with industry awards for her work.


Kathy McGarrigle

Kathy is a financial executive and former COO of Coast Capital Savings, Canada’s largest Credit Union by membership, with over 500,000 members, 1,650 employees and $18.4 billion in assets. She has been named one of “Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women”, “B.C’s Top 20”, and “Surrey Business Leader of the Year.” She has also been awarded the “HSBC Canada – North American Chairman’s Award.” Ms. McGarrigle is a graduate of the Queens University Executive Program, Institute of Corporate Directors, and a Fellow of the Institute of Canadian Bankers.


Jojo Quimpo

Jojo was a fourth year law student in the Philippines prior to coming to Canada with his family in 1996. As he left his books behind and settled in Vancouver, Jojo – like many new immigrants – had to overcome many of the challenges faced by first-generation Canadians. To make ends meet he worked in a fish-packing factory to provide for the family. Nonetheless, he continued his legal pursuits and eventually completed his paralegal studies and eventually joined a premier Vancouver legal firm.



NPA 2018 Park Board Candidate Bios




Tricia Barker

For the past 20 years, Tricia has been a certified personal trainer specializing in older adults who wish to live a healthy and more productive life. Prior to that she worked as a radio and TV producer working with some of BC’s most iconic brands. Born and raised in Vancouver, Tricia has a deep connection with our city’s green spaces and treasures the vital role parks play in our everyday life.


Pall Beesla

As a city Bus Driver with Coast Mountain Bus Company, Pall connects with Vancouverites every day. Driving in the city affords Pall the opportunity to not only meet with people, but also to witness the changes in the city’s landscape first-hand. Pall has assisted co-workers as Job Steward with Unifor 111 and understands the important role that parks play in the development and growth of families and children.


Ann-Marie Copping

After 25 years in business, Ann-Marie switched careers to manage the Ocean Wise Sustainable Seafood program across Canada for the past 7 years. Working for an environmental conservation organization allowed her to gain a significant new appreciation of the dramatic impact consumer-choice can have on our environment. A strong advocate for children’s causes, she also spent many years on the board for Kids Help Phone and co-chaired the Walk for Kids Help Phone.


John Coupar

First elected to the Board in 2011, John is seeking a third term as a Vancouver Park Board Commissioner. His longstanding commitment to the City of Vancouver can be seen in many of his top achievements which include working to obtain funding for the Bloedel Conservatory roof replacement and securing new docks at Vanier Park. Recently, John’s passions were evident when the Bloedel Conservatory created a media sensation by successfully growing the first titan arum (corpse flower) in B.C.


Casey Crawford

A lifelong resident of Greater Vancouver, Casey Crawford is an active and dedicated community volunteer. He has served on the boards of numerous community organizations including the Stroke Recovery Association of BC, Little Mountain Baseball, Canadian Diabetes Association and UBC’s Crane Library for vision impaired. Since being elected in 2014 Casey has demonstrated his commitment to strengthening the Park Board through community consultation and responsible fiscal management.



NPA 2018 School Board Bios – NOTE: Additional NPA School Board candidates will be announced soon.




Fraser Ballantyne

Fraser was first elected to the School Board in 2011 and re-elected in 2014 and 2017. As a trustee and former VSB Board Chair he always strives for excellence in delivering the highest quality education for every single student in Vancouver. His career has spanned 40 years and he has worked as a teacher/counselor, school administrator, and as a part of the District Management Team. He stands firm on the need for sustainable funding from the Provincial government and will continue to work toward enhancing Vancouver’s ESL and music-related programs.