Events

The Next Generation – Forum for Millennial Leadership Conference

September 18th 2018 | Vancouver Convention Centre

The Next Generation of Municipal Leaders

Meet some of the qualified and motivated first-time Millennial candidates running for office throughout Metro Vancouver. Who are they, why are they running for office, and what do they stand for? How do their platforms and priorities differ from older candidates, or from one another? And, how has their candidacy been received to-date?

Dylan Kruger, Candidate for Delta Council

Dylan Kruger is running for Delta Council with mayoral candidate George Harvie and the Achieving for Delta team. Dylan comes with extensive governing experience at both the federal and provincial level. He is passionate about keeping young families in Delta and making sure the next generation of Deltans are set up for success. Born and raised in Ladner, Dylan currently lives in Tsawwassen with his wife Katie.

Nicola Spurling, Candidate for Coquitlam Council

Nicola Spurling is a public figure, a political pundit, an LGBTQ2+ advocate, and a small business owner. In a time of uncertainty and dirty politics, Spurling strives to remain positive and lead by example. Her platform focuses on housing affordability, smart densification, creating a vibrant community, transit, EV infrastructure, and bike sharing.

Harv Puni, Candidate for Richmond School Trustee

With years of experience as a popular standup comedian, Harv Puni has performed hundreds of shows throughout the US, England, and across Canada in the past eight years. Born and raised in Richmond, he is a long time coach and mentor for Richmond’s Secondary School students, and has spent years giving back to his hometown as a volunteer. Harv continues to live in the same South Arm neighbourhood with his beautiful family.

Claire Preston, Candidate for Burnaby Council

Claire Preston is running for City Council in Burnaby. She grew up in Port Moody and was an active community member beginning in her childhood, participating in Girl Guides and community sports like competitive swimming, softball, and dance. She was also involved with Big Sisters. Claire considers herself to be politically left and a democratic socialist at heart, and she is running to push for a City Council that proactively confronts the challenges facing Burnaby head on: demovictions and affordable housing; our impact on the environment; and traffic, transit, and road maintenance.

Trevor Halford, Candidate for Surrey Council

Born and raised in Surrey, Trevor graduated from Elgin Park and earned a political science degree at Trinity Western. Trevor is Public Affairs Director with Trans Canada, a youth soccer coach and an advocate for young Surrey families. Before stepping up to run himself, he had considerable experience working behind the scenes in politics.

Moderator: Richard Zussman, Online Reporter, Global News

Richard Zussman is an Online Journalist for Global BC based at the B.C. Legislature. He has co-authored a book on B.C. politics that chronicles the events in and around the 2017 confidence vote and end of B.C. Liberal dynasty. He previously served as the Provincial Affairs reporter for CBC BC.