Mike’s family has farmed in Surrey for over 100 years and he currently manages the family’s poultry farm. He has chaired the City of Surrey Agriculture and Food Security Advisory committee for 16 years and spent four years as a commissioner with the Agricultural Land Commission. He is currently a director at Surrey Cares and Mutual Fire Insurance, and has previously served as a director of the Surrey Memorial Hospital Foundation. He has also been a minor hockey coach for the past 24 years.
Mike is running for City Council because he wants to improve safety for the citizens of Surrey and develop an achievable crime reduction strategy. He believes there also needs to be a comprehensive transportation plan that will connect the seven town centres within the City. He wants to focus on the natural environment of the city and use this resource as an opportunity to encourage investment and job creation.
His plan for the City of surrey is to balance our residential growth with commercial and industrial growth, and bring jobs to Surrey. Also to achieve the crime reduction strategy he will work to get a greater police presence on the streets and implement a community court that would ease the burden on the criminal courts.
He will work to develop a value added sector in agriculture that will encourage growth in farming and provide high quality food products to the City and region. And, at the same time strengthen efforts to protect farm land.
Mike believes the City needs a better road network to achieve greater connectivity of our town centres, as well as LRT and express busses for better and affordable transit options.
His great grandfather was a Reeve and Mayor in Surrey and his uncle served as Alderman and Mayor for Surrey, so he feels it’s his turn to serve his city.
Mike lives in Newton with his wife and two sons.