PORT MOODY — Robert Simons is joining the race for the mayor’s chair in Port Moody.
The long-time resident has served on the city’s economic development committee, as well as on the Port Moody Police Board, the Port Moody Heritage Society and the Port Moody Foundation. Simons is also an avid supporter of the city’s arts and culture scene.
“Port Moody’s history of being the first western terminus of the CPR is a distinct and unique heritage of the city. The city’s environment for cultivating arts and culture is growing both the commercial as well as the tourist appeal of the city,” he said in a press release.
“Our natural environment is cherished by our citizens and must continue to be protected as we invite our neighbours to enjoy our shoreline, parks and wilderness. We can use these foundations as a base for future economic development, which will respect our heritage and celebrate our future.”
Simons moved to Port Moody with his wife Valerie in 1980. His career has included senior positions in areas such as corporate finance, project management, process and systems analysis, contribution management, product and service development, operations management, marketing and sales. He has also been involved in negotiations on both client and union levels.
For Simons, Port Moody faces future challenges including transit and transportation, economic development, urban growth management and densification.
“I believe my experience in strategic planning in a corporate environment with a large union-based work force is a critical skill that will serve the city well as Port Moody tackles these very important and tough issues,” Simons said.
“My personal style is to bring people together, and I believe my record demonstrates a proven strength in building a respectful working environment to ensure a team’s success.”
The civic election will be held on Nov. 19. Current Mayor Joe Trasolini has announced he will not seek re-election.
For more information on Simons, visit www.RobertSimons.ca.