Coquitlam is one of the fastest growing communities in the Lower Mainland and is surrounded by a rich natural landscape. A welcoming and diverse community, Coquitlam is home to over 141,000 people and sets a high standard of living in the Lower Mainland.
Over the next 25 years, Coquitlam is positioned to experience significant growth with population expected to reach over 220,000 by 2041.
Extension of the Evergreen Line to Coquitlam is a significant long-term transportation investment that offers a critical opportunity to shape future growth, and create livable & vibrant neighbourhood.
Coquitlam is gradually transformed with more urban, high-density, mixed-use buildings over the past two decades contributing to a steadily growing population and continuing to evolve City's character from a suburb to an urban community.
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Mayor Richard Stewart, Mayor of Coquitlam
Peter Steblin, City Manager - City of Coquitlam
Jim McIntyre, General Manager, Planning & Development - City of Coquitlam
Andrew Merrill, Manager Community Planning, City of Coquitlam
Anne McMullin, President & CEO, UDI (Moderator)
MAYOR RICHARD STEWART Richard Stewart is currently serving his third term as Mayor of Coquitlam; he was elected to City Council in 2005, and was elected as Mayor in 2008, winning reelection in 2011 and 2014. He is also currently serving as Chair of Metro Vancouver's Regional Planning Committee. Prior to being elected to Coquitlam Council, Richard served as the MLA for Coquitlam-Maillardville, holding the Francophone Affairs portfolio, as well as Chair of the Select Standing Committee on Education. He has also served as Chair of the National Housing Economic Research Council in Ottawa, as President of the Canadian Home Builders' Association of BC, as President of the School District 43 Parent Advisory Council, and as a member of the National Research Council's IRC Housing committee in Ottawa, the body that writes the National Building Code of Canada. Richard also worked as a consultant for the provincial government in establishing the Homeowner Protection Office, and in developing the consumer protection regulations associated with builder licensing and home warranty. His career has included a decade as publisher/editor of a housing trade magazine, as well as many years as a consultant in building technology and building codes, consumer housing issues, land use, government relations and communications. Richard has lived all his life in Coquitlam, and is bilingual (English and French). He and his wife Anna Rosa have been married for 33 years, and have four children. Richard is an avid swimmer, cyclist, musician, and grammarian.
PETER STEBLIN Mr. Steblin joined the City of Coquitlam in February 2008 as the City Manager and oversees the broad requirements of the organization. Mr. Steblin is responsible for the execution of Council's decisions and the work of City departments comprised of more than 1200 employees with a total Capital and Operating budget of over $300 million. Mr. Steblin's municipal government experience is complemented by his experience in the private sector as a consultant specializing in management and engineering services. With over 30 years of progressively responsible management experience in Municipal Government, Mr. Steblin began his career with the City of Vancouver where he remained until 1995. He then joined the City of Delta as Director of Engineering and was later promoted to Chief Administrative Officer.
JIM MCINTYRE Jim McIntyre has been a member of the Canadian Institute of Planners for over 30 years, working as a professional planner in a variety of capacities. Jim presently serves as the General Manager, Planning and Development at the City of Coquitlam. Prior to joining Coquitlam in early 2005, Jim was employed at the City of Port Moody for almost ten years as the community's Director of Planning and Development Services. After starting his career in 1985 as a planning consultant in the B.C. interior with Urban Systems Ltd., Jim worked for a busy five years at the City of Kelowna in the subdivision approvals and development planning areas. Jim is a resident of Coquitlam, where he lives with his kids since returning to the lower mainland in 1995. Jim grew up mainly in Vancouver and received his Master's Degree at the UBC School of Community and Regional Planning.
ANDREW MERRILL Andrew Merrill, RPP MCIP is the Manager Community Planning for the City of Coquitlam. Originally from the East Coast, he has a Masters in Planning with a concentration in Urban Design from UBC. Andrew began with Coquitlam in 2008 holding several progressively responsible positions since. Prior to joining Coquitlam Andrew was a Planner with the City of Grande Prairie. His current work involves preparing community plans, guiding transit oriented development and facilitating housing affordability. Recent work includes the Burquitlam-Lougheed Neighbourhood Plan.