I want to help deliver a brighter future for Langley. We need to fix the big issues we face. Brookswood is on a path to becoming another version of Willoughby, with cookie-cutter development and missing infrastructure. Aldergrove needs a real vision with private investment combined with innovative vision. And we can do so much better than we are in Willoughby, with 208th Street the prime example of getting it wrong.
I was fortunate to have been a part of the emerging internet industry at a young age, with multiple successful companies. While working on a political science degree at the University of British Columbia, I pursued a network management and software development career, being largely self-taught, but also technologically mentored by great people.
In 1994, in the very early days of the internet, I left UBC during my 4th year to co-found my first technology company, Internet Direct. It became the largest internet service provider in Western Canada within 6 months.
I then co-founded Mail.com in 1996, which completed a successful IPO on the NASDAQ in 1998. I sold my last internet company, DomainWorks, in 2007 because I wanted to focus my efforts more within my community, to make a real difference here in Langley, starting with the revitalization of Fort Langley.
Revitalization of Fort Langley
Starting in 2005, I committed myself to revitalizing Fort Langley's commercial core. It bothered me how neglected it was, despite its history, and obvious, immense walkable village potential. From 2005 to 2015, I renovated the façades of aging and previously neglected buildings, greatly improved the village's retail/tenant mix, and completed the LEED Gold Coulter Berry Building in 2016, the most energy efficient and sustainable mixed-use building within all of Langley, redefining the village.
I believe in pursuing the absolute best in sustainable building practices to conserve energy, regardless of the extra costs associated with leading-edge technologies such as geothermal, solar panels, and environmentally sustainable construction. This is why the LEED Gold certified Coulter Berry is the most energy efficient and sustainable mixed-use building within all of Langley. And, just as important, Coulter Berry’s extensive masonry, individualized façades, and a superb walkable design were conceived specifically for Fort Langley’s village.
Over that time, we assembled approximately 35% of the commercial core of the village, and most of the commercial frontage between 96th Avenue and Mavis Avenue, in the heart of the village.
I also served as President of the Fort Langley Business Improvement Association for 5 years, up to 2018. With the support of an amazing group of committed Fort Langley property and business owners, we rebranded Fort Langley, promoted Fort Langley with a more financially-efficient BIA, expanded events, and secured a key capital project to restore Fort Langley's streetscape to modern standards.
Starting 15 years ago, with Fort Langley largely neglected and struggling, someone had to step up and go first, and at least try. Fort Langley is now more vibrant than it has ever been. Fort Langley is well on its way to being an amazing, walkable destination like no other in Langley. Langley needs to create more real neighbourhoods and special places people will care about for generations, such as we have done in Fort Langley.
Growing up in Langley City, Langley is my home. I attended HD Stafford when it was still an 8-10 high school, and graduated from Langley Senior Secondary in 1990. The success, future, and a great Langley matters to me more than I can express.
My family was not wealthy, and we often struggled to make ends meet. I was raised by my single mother and caring grandparents, which I was very fortunate to have know as well I as did. Adversity instilled in me an independent, committed work ethic that has served me well. I value each day, and want to make a difference, do things that matter, and can have an impact on people's lives. I want to make my community better, fix problems, and move us forward with vision, commitment, and dedication to quality outcomes.
Feel free to contact me anytime, for any reason. All feedback is welcome.