South Fraser Community Rail Society / The Hydrogen iLink Founding and Action Group
Media Contact: Rick Green
(Mayor Township of Langley 2008 – 2011)
Cell: 604 866-5752
Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Who We Are
Rick Green is the former Mayor of the Township of Langley (2008-2011). Now retired in Aldergrove with his wife of over 50 years, Rick lived in Delta for thirty years where he was owner/operator of Super Valu Tsawwassen and elected Alderman for the City of Delta. In 1997 he moved to the Township of Langley, where he raised and trained horses with his family, and was elected Mayor in 2009. Rick has served on numerous regional committees including Translink Mayor’s Council and the Metro Agriculture Committee for which he was Vice-Chair. During his time as Mayor, Rick successfully renewed the passenger rights to the interurban rail corridor and established and chaired the South of Fraser Community Rail Task Force. Rick has been a staunch advocate for all matters of political interest to the region through his popular blog, Langley Watchdog.
Peter Holt is a Chartered Engineer and former British Royal Navy engineering officer. After moving to Canada in 1987, he has worked in the corporate arena on a number of major programs, including three years on Executive Interchange with the Department of Foreign Affairs. Moving with his family to B.C. in 1997, he has been actively involved in regional affairs. He served as CEO of the Surrey Board of Trade (2004–2007) and has remained active in many regional committees and advisory groups. He also continues to enjoy a close relationship with Metro Vancouver, an organization that has engaged him as a facilitator/moderator for numerous public dialogues. As a consultant, Peter uses his professional experience and regional knowledge to help organizations navigate local realities and a business world shaped by ever-increasing social and environmental expectations.
Brit Gardner is a communications strategist and consultant in the Fraser Valley. Previously the Chief of Staff for New York based venture capital fund Social Impact Capital, Brit is passionate about leveraging technology and innovation to produce positive-sum outcomes that are both visionary and practical. Brit has worked internationally developing strategic initiatives for diverse projects, including special economic zones in Central America, non-profits, and technology startups. In 2014, Brit won a Telus Woman of Promise award in Vancouver for her work in the community. Brit is a strong advocate for grassroots organizing and community-based action.
Lee Lockwood’s career in the hi-tech power industry has spanned from the distribution of hybrid micro-circuits as Sales Manager for Epitek International, to the ITS/Mass Transit marketplace where he was involved in projects with Bombardier, NYC Mass Transit, State of Colorado DOT, State of Florida DOT, Texas DOT, City of Austin, City of San Antonio, and BART, as part of his work for the Lentronics division of Nortel Networks, the preferred supplier to Hydro Quebec, Ontario Hydro, Southern California Edison, SaskPower, NovaScotia Power, TransAlta, and the USA Department of Energy, working with fibre-optic and microwave radio based protection and control systems for entire power grids, railroads and gas pipelines.
Gery Warner, PEng
Gery Warner is a local entrepreneur who built his Surrey firm into a world leader in fabric structures holding 20 patents and 8 trademarks. He presented his ground-breaking design software at the Universities in Berlin, Seville, Victoria, Costa Rica, and the Bauhaus at Dessau, Germany. As a prairie paperboy, he witnessed with wonder the last steam rail delivery. Graduating in Applied Science Mechanical Engineering, he left Manitoba village life for Alcan in Quebec. Later in a quest of discovery, he travelled through Europe by train then bought a car to journey where there were none. He drove overland to Afghanistan eventually founding Warner Afghan doing 90% of Canada/Afghan trade in 1970-71, importing exotic coats, jewelry and Khyber rifles to North America. The foreign experience gave him a fresh immigrant’s perspective on a Canadian homeland. Relocating “Tentnology” to Sullivan Station in 1989, he wondered silently why the tracks there were no longer carrying passengers. Thirty years later, he thinks it’s high time those tracks came alive.
Scott Thompson is a mortician since 1990, local pet food store owner with his wife, and active in local politics and leader in Crime Awareness and community organizing through his numerous facebook groups and community initiatives. Scott is also a guitar player and singer for many local bands and personal acoustic shows, and has been a proud lower mainland transit rider since 1975, when it was still 10 cents from Surrey to Downtown Vancouver.
Patrick Condon is a renowned planner, professor, and the founding chair of the UBC Urban Design program. In 1992 Patrick moved to Vancouver where he became the the James Taylor Chair in Landscape and Liveable Environments at the University of British Columbia, where he has worked to advance sustainable urban design in scores of jurisdictions in the US, Canada, and Australia. Recognizing the need for collaboration as a fundamental part of designing sustainable communities, Patrick has pioneered public engagement methods. He has successfully focused attention on how to make systemic change in the way cities are built and operated, notably in his East Clayton project in Surrey, BC. He has also collaborated with the City of North Vancouver to produce a 100-year plan to make the city carbon-neutral by 2107. Patrick and his partners received the Canadian Institute of Planners Award for Planning Excellence and the BC Union of Municipalities Award of Excellence for this work.
John Vissers has lived in Abbotsford for the past 30 years and is well known for his tireless work as an environmental advocate. In addition to serving on the Fraser Valley Conservancy Land Trust board for the past 10 years, John is the past chair of the Abbotsford Environmental Advisory Committee, and currently serves on the Abbotsford Development Advisory Committee, the Fraser Valley Watershed Coalition, and Zero Waste BC. John has been honoured with the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medal, Order of Abbotsford, United Way Community Mentor, and Rotary International’s Paul Harris Fellow awards for his work in the community.