Elections are about deciding our priorities for the future. We have set up video interviews with each of the candidates running in the 2017 Municipal By-Election We have asked them questions about their backgrounds, their priorities, and other specific issues to help you decide who you believe should represent you as Mayor of the City of Kamloops
Click on any of the videos below to get to know your candidates for Mayor. You can also find links to contact each candidate and a short bio on who they are.
Over the years, as an entrepreneur, I have started a number of successful companies. But the most exciting and rewarding time of my career came when I moved to Kamloops and working with a non-profit, was able to spend nearly 12 years helping young, high-tech entrepreneurs get their ideas and new companies up and running.
During that time I worked extensively with the federal, provincial and municipal governments, research councils, universities and large corporations to develop strategies and partnerships for research funding and direct investment.
During that time, I was the Executive Director of the Interior Science Innovation Council as well as Chair and President of the British Columbia Science and Technology Network.
Prior to my involvement with the science council I was involved with the tourism industry and was owner/publisher of a Canadian travel magazine, owner of an advertising agency specializing in airline travel and was Chair and President of the Cariboo Chilcotin Coast Tourism Association.
I have also started and owned a distribution and fulfillment company and most recently started and currently run a fine art digital printing company as well as a combined photography and writing business.
Contact Bill McQuarrie
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Contact Glenn Hilke
Ken pursued his formal education at the British Columbia Institute of Technology, Cariboo College and eventually the University of Victoria. His 37 year career in Public Health in the Kamloops region saw him start as Public Health Inspector and Licensing Officer. He became the Chief Environmental Health Officer in Kamloops and then Manager of Environmental Health with the Thompson Health Region and ultimately the Regional Director of Health Protection with the Interior Health Authority. In recent years his interests have turned to public policy development, administrative law, sustainability, social determinants of health and the relationship between health and the built environment.
A Kamloops resident for the past 40 years, Ken has served his community as an elected representative continuously since 1993, 18 years as a School Trustee on the Kamloops Thompson Board of Education, including 8 years as Chairman. Ken was first elected to Kamloops City Council in 2011 and was re-elected in 2014.
Throughout the years Ken has coached and refereed basketball and volunteered in numerous positions. In his spare time Ken enjoys golf, sports and the Shuswap. Ken and his wife Brenda live in Juniper Ridge and have three adult children Nic, Jon and Taryn.
Contact Ken Christian
My name is Micheal McKenzie, otherwise known as Mike. I am a former National, Provincial, and Regional youth representative in Canada and for the Shuswap Nation Tribal Council. I have helped deliver and develop policies to government on behalf of youth and have been a motivational speaker, facilitator, and firefighter. I was the youngest Fire Chief in Canada at 17, as I know it, and I have been involved in policy and governance for 9 years. Thank you for your time and consideration in my bid for Mayor. Let’s bring Kamloops together.
Contact Mike McKenzie
My name is Stuart Holland and I was born in Powell River, British Columbia. As a child, I enjoyed numerous sports while growing up in the Comox Valley. I started my working career in the logging industry as a young man, and I thoroughly enjoyed working up and down the west coast of BC. After 15 years, I made a career switch and entered the road building industry, where I have remained throughout most of my working career. During this time, I made my home between BC and Alberta and before moving to Kamloops, I called Medicine Hat home, which is where I raised my two children. I started a business in Medicine Hat in the decorative concrete industry, during which time I created and manufactured my own product line, Air Crete Textures. This gave me experiences in international trade. My hobbies include coaching Little League and hockey at the midget and Junior B levels, where I enjoyed mentoring young people. About five years ago, I made a move to Kamloops, which was originally motivated by an employment opportunity. I truly enjoy the central location of Kamloops, as well as the beautiful climate and the friendly people. Being an avid sports fan, I enjoy living in the Tournament Capital of Canada.
Contact Stu Holland
I am married with 4 children; we live in Kamloops. I am an Air Ambulance Paramedic and have been working directly on ground Ambulance and air Ambulance as well as within the healthcare system for 23 years. Previously for several years I worked at a Teacher’s Assistant within the classroom directly with students from the ages of preschool to grade 12. After High School I graduated from a 2 year diploma program in Television production. Immediately after graduation I moved to London England to work as a Video Editor making music videos. I travelled Europe and then to Africa where I climbed Mount Kilimanjaro. I cycled China sole for 2500km, then 2000km in the Philippines. Shortly thereafter I set of to Venezuela ending in Quito Ecuador, where I lived for 2 years learning Spanish. My philosophy and ideal is to have an all inclusive society where all opinions matter. I use open loop communication, information gathering, disseminate of information and critical thinking skills while making decisions. I rely heavily on evidence based peer reviewed studies over anecdotal accounts.