George Heyman was elected as the MLA for Vancouver-Fairview in May 2013. Born and raised in Vancouver, George has lived and worked here as well as throughout northwest BC. George currently serves as the Opposition spokesperson for the Environment, Green Economy, and Technology.
Prior to his election as MLA George was executive director of Sierra Club BC, one of our province’s oldest environmental advocacy and education organizations. He also served three terms as president of the BC Government and Service Employees’ Union (BCGEU) from 1999 to 2008.
George has been a faculty member of Simon Fraser University’s Dialogue and Negotiation program, teaching courses in multi-party negotiations and collaborative decision-making. He has guest lectured at a number of universities in BC and abroad, and served on advisory committees for post-graduate and under-graduate degree programs at three BC universities.
He has also been a board member of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives – BC, the Columbia Institute and the Workers’ Compensation Board. George is a passionate advocate in Victoria for issues facing Fairview constituents – including education, health care, the arts, child care, workers’ rights, transit and affordable housing.
George brings a strong voice for environmental responsibility and climate action to the legislature, and advocates for a more sustainable, modern and diverse economy as a member of the official opposition.
George enjoys jazz, art, theatre and cooking. He is a board member of Vancouver’s new Elbow theatre company (developing “shows that question accepted truths”). George is a published poet and an avid runner. He enjoys sea kayaking when he gets the opportunity.