Craig was raised a ‘prairie gopher’, finally saw the appeal of the lands of ‘Cascadia’, and moved his personal, business, and volunteer lives to B.C.; three careers evolved in both the private and public sectors. Now, semi-retirement allows part time work on mediation and facilitation projects, as well as dedication to my advocacy work as listed under Volunteer Activities.
My 1st career was in professional structural and civil engineering spanning some 20 years, while working with staff and partners on over 2000 projects in Western Canada; this was incredibly satisfying but when the economic and real estate bubble burst in 1981-82, it was time for an educational sabbatical and the planning of a new career.
My 2nd career was in real estate consulting to BC based pension funds, spanning some 6 years, working on a number of the largest real estate developments on the Lower Mainland and the Island; the challenge was not just the consulting, it was learning to mediate the sometimes competing interests of entrepreneurial business organizations with those of Union funds and workers.
My contribution was valued, and contributed to a movement that still operates today, and that is to create much better community-based project developments by collaborating between financial gain and social conscience.
My 3rd career was in the public sector, spanning 10 years, with one of the top 100 public businesses in Canada, involved in Accommodation planning and then Business Case Analyses. This work drew me into a Provincial Task Force charged with developing the May-02 ‘Capital Asset Management Framework’, a framework which guided so many of the public sector projects initiated in the 2000s in BC since the Liberal Government came to power, and a framework that is still in use today.
My 4th, now my semi-retirement career, is part-time work on mediation and facilitation projects, as well as a strong but behind-the-scenes advocacy position to ultimately achieve relocation of the BNSF rail line from its perimeter alignment around the Semiahmoo Peninsula, to a safe inland alignment.
I am an energetic, physically fit man in his 70’s, living near South Pointe in the middle of the Semiahmoo Peninsula I have four married children living in various parts of BC, 8 grandchildren, and an energetic English Springer Spaniel who keeps me in daily shape out on the trails. I continue my involvement in tennis and golf as time allows.
- Mediation/facilitation – 2002 Cert in Conflict Resolution; Justice Institute of B.C. & Harvard University
- Real estate career – 1987 Fellow of Real Estate Institute & Certified Land Planning: REIC at U. of A.
- Engineering career – 1963 and 1964 Bachelors & Masters degrees at Univ. of Alberta; double gold medal winner for B.Sc.
- Conflict Resolution Network Canada [2002 to 2007 when operations ceased]
- Real Estate Institute of Canada [1987 to present]
- Engineers and Geoscientists BC (retired status)
As an adjunct to my professional activities, I have contributed as time has allowed, to various community organizations; I continue that tradition on projects and initiatives that promote sustainability, inclusivity, safety, and peaceful pursuits:
- 2013 to 2020 – Community Advocate for BNSF Rail Relocation on Semiahmoo Peninsula
- 2017 to 2018 – Citizen participant in City of Surrey CFAS (Coastal Flood Adaption Strategy)
- 2011 to 2012 – Program Director Vancouver Chapter REIC
- 2010 to 2014 – Captain Block Watch program; South Surrey, BC
- 2010 to 2011 – Volunteer South Surrey Food Bank
- 2009 to 2010 – Director White Rock Tennis Club
- 2006 to 2007 – Program Director Vancouver Chapter REIC
- 2005 to 2008 – President South Fraser Tennis Society
- 2002 to 2003 – Facilitator U of A Civil Engineering Grad Class reunion
- 2000 to 2002 – Program Director Victoria Chapter of REIC
- 2001 to 2002 – Director Vancouver Chapter Kind-Acts Network of B.C.
- 1999 to 2001 – Developer-Facilitator Victoria’s Virtual Tennis Club
- 1999 to 2001 – Facilitator Victoria Chapter Random Acts Kindness
- 1995 to 1997 – Director Victoria Chapter Habitat for Humanity
- 1994 to 2001 – Captain Block Watch program; Saanich, BC
- 1990 to 1991 – Director Vancouver Chapter REIC
- 1990 to 1992 – President Burnaby Equestrian Centre
- 1989 to 1990 – National Director Real Estate Institute of Canada [REIC]
- Prior to 1990 – President two tennis club; Vice-president Wildlife Park