The crammed-to-the-rafters Vancouver Playhouse auditorium should have been evidence enough of our obsession with how cities are built. It was an exultant tweet, however, by urban affairs reporter Frances Bula that summed up the occasion. “An amazing packed house of young people at the Janette Sadik-Khan talk tonight. Watch out, status quo!” A who’s who […]
Job losses and economic collapse in the oil sector are sowing the seeds of despair in neighbouring Alberta and Saskatchewan. The world burns in the Middle East and a political crisis has beset Europe’s leaders over migration. Irrational real estate prices continue to escalate in Metro Vancouver. There are lots of anxiety-inducing issues out there. […]
Last week, new renderings of a proposed high-rise development located along Commercial Drive were released. Critical comments began to appear on news websites featuring the images almost on queue. It is too tall! It does not conform to our community! We are losing heritage! Developer greed is driving this! Private money should not support social housing! Land […]
About Mike Klassen
I am a Vancouver native, a proud Eastsider, a husband, and a dad. In my limited spare time I like to toil in my garden, visit with my neighbours, and along with my wife Stacey, indulge our passion for BC wine and wine travel.
I am the principal and founder of TCG Public Affairs, a strategic communications and advocacy consultancy. In this role I work with government, non-profit and private sector clients, primarily focused on local economic development. Recent assignments include serving as Executive Director of the BC Wine Appellation Task Group, an independent industry committee supported by the BC Minister of Agriculture.
In my previous role as Director of Provincial Affairs, British Columbia, for the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) I led a team in support of 10,000 small and medium-sized member businesses in B.C., spearheaded our lobbying of the provincial and local governments, and served as media spokesperson.
I have served as a member of a number of boards, including the BC Small Business Roundtable. I am a President on PAL Vancouver‘s board of trustees, and a former Vice-Chair of the DOXA documentary festival board. I also served as Vice-Chair of the Vancouver City Planning Commission (2007 – 2009), where I collaborated on initiatives to make cities more sustainable, walkable, and economically vibrant. Volunteerism is in my blood, and I regularly devote my time in support of organizing community events and promoting our local public school.
I am a columnist with Vancouver Courier and have been a writer on politics and public affairs for numerous publications including the Vancouver Sun, The Province, 24 Hours Vancouver and Huffington Post. With my colleague Daniel Fontaine I co-founded the popular blog City Caucus in December 2008, retiring it in July 2012 after reaching 5,000,000 page views!
Just in time for Vancouver’s Winter Olympics I co-created an online guide to free events held during the 2010 Games which attracted over 2 million visits. Thanks to the guide’s impact on Vancouver, BC’s Olympic success, I was publicly credited by the provincial Minister in charge with helping to turn around British Columbians’ surly attitude toward the 2010 Games. They became a glorious high-fiving community celebration and welcome-the-world party, and I’ll always be very proud of this contribution toward building Vancouver’s worldwide reputation.
mike [at] mikeklassen.net -or- tel/txt +1 604-377-5499
About This Website
A published writer since 1989 and web “blogger” since 1995, my articles have been read by tens of thousands from around the globe, attracting responses from North America, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and even from a WhiteHouse.gov webmaster during the Clinton administration.
“I have employed all the Wit and Humour of which I am Master in the following History; wherein I have endeavoured to laugh Mankind out of their favourite Follies and Vices. How far I have succeeded in this good Attempt, I shall submit to the candid Reader, with only two Requests:
First, that (s)he will not expect to find Perfection in this Work; and
Secondly, that (s)he will excuse some Parts of it, if they fall short of that little Merit which I hope may appear in others.”
Henry Fielding, 1749
Preface to Tom Jones
As with the quote from Fielding’s momentous novel Tom Jones, my words and ideas are humbly submitted to readers on this website in the hope they will enjoy some part of them.