The Mayors' Caucus also decided to move forward as an annual event. Mayor Lori Ackerman of Fort St. John says, "these were very productive meetings, the conversations focused on creating community and we need to maintain the momentum."
Cranbrook Mayor Wayne Stetski added, "we are the front line of government and the backbone of this province. We want a seat at the table so we can ensure the needs of our residents are well represented."
Mayor Dianne Watts of Surrey summed up the event with closing remarks noting "by coming together as peers, we have, for the first time in BC history, established a single voice that is strong in our conviction that we need all orders of government to work together for the best interests of all of our residents."
The BC Mayors' Caucus is structured after successful models across North America and Europe including the Alberta Mayors' Caucus, the Big Cities Mayors' Caucus (Canada), Atlantic Mayors' Congress (Canada), Metropolitan Mayors' Caucus (United States) and the Summit of Mayors (EU).
Members of the BC Mayors' Steering Committee are:
- Mayor Dean Fortin of Victoria - Vancouver Island region
- Mayor Dan Ashton of Penticton - Thompson/Okanagan region
- Mayor Shari Green of Prince George - Cariboo region
- Mayor Jack Mussallem of Prince Rupert - North Coast region
- Mayor Wayne Stetski of Cranbrook - Kootenay region
- Mayor Lori Ackerman of Fort St. John - Northeast region
- Mayor Taylor Bachrach of Smithers - Nechako region
- Mayor Dianne Watts of Surrey - Fraser Valley region
- Mayor Greg Moore of Port Coquitlam - Lower Mainland region
The date of the next BC Mayors' Caucus will be in September in Victoria. For more information visit: