Originally published October 25, 2017 in Vancouver Courier newspaper. On December 7th, Burnaby Mayor Derek Corrigan (featured in story below) was voted by his peers to chair the Mayor’s Council, defeating Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson. Watch for my forthcoming post with arguments *in favour* of Surrey light rail. When it comes to the future of transportation […]
Though the legislation to ban corporate and union donations for municipal elections was tabled recently, it is just beginning to sink in what a profound effect it could have on our current political system. On Oct. 30, the day before Halloween, B.C.’s Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, Selina Robinson, unveiled Bill 15 — legislation […]
Vancouver gets rapped by outsiders for a lot of things, but no one can take away the city’s influence on cinema and modern music over the past generation. I wrote a piece, for example, back in 1991 about the Little Mountain Sound studio where Metallica, Aerosmith and others did their biggest recordings, partly to recognize […]
About Mike Klassen
Mike Klassen is Vice President, Communications and Stakeholder Relations at BC Care Providers Association, where he played a key role in securing a four-year, $500 million dollar commitment from the B.C. government toward strengthening seniors care. Opinions expressed on this blog are my own and do not represent the views of my employer.
Mike is President of the board of trustees for PAL Vancouver, a non-market housing development for members of the arts community. At PAL, he is spearheading the launch of a second housing development in Metro Vancouver.
Other board positions held by Mike include as a director on the B.C. Small Business Roundtable, and as Vice-Chair of the Vancouver City Planning Commission.
As the Executive Director of the BC Wine Appellation Task Group, Mike was credited with leading a comprehensive industry-wide consultation that resulted in the largest and most successful plebiscite to adopt regulatory reforms in the B.C. wine sector’s history.
Mike was recognized by Vancouver Sun business columnist Don Cayo for excellence in advocacy, citing his ‘clear and credible’ campaign leading a nine-member business coalition challenging costly ‘producer pay’ regulations. Mike later received a Terry Biggar Award for his leadership on this campaign.
Mike is civic affairs columnist with Vancouver Courier, the city’s leading community publication, as well as a Huffington Post contributor.
A proud moment came just after the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games, when Mike was recognized by the Minister in charge for creating an online free events guide that attracted millions of visits, and helped turn that occasion into a “high-fiving” celebration.
Mike is an avid runner, a dedicated community volunteer, husband, and parent.
mike [at] mikeklassen.net -or- tel/txt +1 604-377-5499
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Preface to Tom Jones
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