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Mike Klassen

Vice President, BC Care Providers Association

Mike Klassen is a Vancouver public affairs and government relations professional focused on health, urban growth, and economic development. He is known for his exemplary relationships across business, government and news media organizations.

In addition to contributing to Huffington Post, he is a civic affairs columnist with Vancouver Courier, the city’s leading community publication.

Mike is President of the board of trustees for PAL Vancouver, a non-market housing development for members of the arts community. At PAL, he is spearheading the launch of a second housing development in Metro Vancouver. Other board positions held by Mike include as a director on the B.C. Small Business Roundtable, and as Vice-Chair of the Vancouver City Planning Commission.

In 2015, Mike received a Terry Biggar Award for his work leading a nine-member business coalition advocacy campaign.

Mike is an avid runner, a dedicated community volunteer, husband, and parent.
B.C. NDP, Liberal Nominations Reveal Tale Of Two CP

B.C. NDP, Liberal Nominations Reveal Tale Of Two Parties

If the B.C. NDP have sprung to life, they have a strange way of showing it off, by failing to sign up members and sending experienced candidates packing. In contrast, supporters of the B.C. Liberal Party are showing up in strong numbers and backing A-listers.
11/20/2012 01:20 EST
How #BCL12′s Social Media Changed B.C. Political CP

How #BCL12′s Social Media Changed B.C. Political Coverage

Though they were standing outside, the assembled media could barely miss a word that was spoken at a closed-door B.C. Liberal convention session. They huddled near the doors, picking up enough sentence fragments to be able to make out what was being said. Inside, the fingers were not at all idle either -- delegates tweeted what was being discussed. The buildup of interest -- undoubtedly piqued by the closed doors -- caused #BCL12 to trend across Canada, with thousands of followers hanging onto the words of the political masterminds Don Guy and Stephen Carter.
10/29/2012 02:29 EDT
Who Else Is 'Secretly Glad' Geoff Meggs Lost B.C. NDP Facebook

Who Else Is 'Secretly Glad' Geoff Meggs Lost B.C. NDP Nomination?

Vancouver City Coun. Geoff Meggs, considered to be a slam dunk to win the Vancouver-Fairview nomination lost badly to former union boss and Sierra Club executive director George Heyman, creating online buzz thanks to its unexpected outcome. What is perhaps most interesting about Sunday's vote, however, is the way it illustrated both the close ties and competing agendas of Vision Vancouver and the B.C. NDP.
10/23/2012 01:11 EDT
City Hall's Definition Of Civic CP

City Hall's Definition Of Civic Engagement

We've heard the discussion about how Vancouverites suffer from a reported epidemic of loneliness and isolation. This notion (of which I am a firm skeptic) has triggered a policy initiative from Vancouver's ruling Vision party. So what does civic engagement actually mean to the party? Sadly for Vancouver, it already equals less access to city hall, reduced citizen involvement in shaping our city, and a top-down approach to decision-making.
10/04/2012 04:55 EDT
It's Your Choice to Be Alone in

It's Your Choice to Be Alone in Vancouver

The web of community connections do not only happen on the street. They happen in a multitude of organizations, gathering spaces, activities and educational institutions. Today, we're even connected through the 140 characters Twitter allots us. If you're alone in Vancouver, it's your choice.
09/24/2012 05:31 EDT
Why The B.C. Liberals Will Win The Next

Why The B.C. Liberals Will Win The Next Election

You don't hear this stated much these days: The B.C. Liberals will win in 2013. You heard it here first. In one of the great resurrections in B.C. political history, on the evening of May 14, 2013 premier-elect Christy Clark will be grinning from ear to ear in front of a packed room of supporters in downtown Vancouver. She will thank her NDP opponent for running a spirited campaign, and graciously thank the voters of British Columbia for giving her a new four-year mandate.
09/06/2012 07:54 EDT
Re-think Robson Square Without Permanent

Re-think Robson Square Without Permanent Closure

Close Robson Street first, then ask the public what they think afterward. That's what was announced this week in Vancouver. City voters by now are used to the "act first, consult later" antics of the Vision government. Make no mistake — the permanent closure of Robson Square is a done deal. Since the 2010 Olympics I've spoken to many people who object to the permanent closure of Robson Street. One realtor pointed out to me that on one side of the square you can sell haute couture; on the other side you can sell pizza by the slice. Blocking the street has done little to improve the appeal of Robson Street between Howe Street and BC Place. Keeping the street open in their view is important to its success. It helped moderate my own view on closing off 800-block Robson.
08/31/2012 08:32 EDT