Moving up and moving out

Earlier, former BC Cancer Foundation president and chief executive officer Mary McNeil declined to say whether she would be running for the provincial Liberals in Vancouver-False Creek. Although she will be making a "very special announcement" concerning her future tomorrow with Premier Gordon Campbell. Which has some wondering whether corporate commercial lawyer Chris Farber is still going to seek the party nomination in that riding. And it turns out the answer is "No." Although, in an interview with Public Eye, Mr. Farber added, "I think Mary McNeil is an excellent candidate." The following is a complete copy of Mr. Farber's campaign biography.

CHRIS FARBER FOR BC LIBERALS

The present MLA for Vancouver-Burrard, Lorne Mayencourt, has chosen not to run in the 2009 Provincial Election. Chris Farber is seeking the BC Liberal nomination because he wants to contribute to BC's development as a green, business-friendly, and compassionate province.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
* CD Farber Law Corp.
Chris has run his own practice since 2001 with a focus on corporate commercial law. He has helped to secure financing for green energy projects
* Corporate Commercial Lawyer at two downtown Vancouver firms prior to 2001

VOLUNTEER SERVICE
* Covenant House Vancouver
An active supporter of this charity which offers various programs for homeless youth, including Rites of Passage which provides housing and counseling for life skills and addictions to street youth who commit to full-time work or further education

* Learning Climate Educational Society
One of the three founders of this group, Chris helped raise money to place the film "An Inconvenient Truth" in Canadian high-schools

* Canadian Human Rights Coalition
Worked with this group to lobby for inclusion of sexual orientation into the Canadian Human Rights Code as a prohibited ground of discrimination

* University of Northern British Columbia
One of the early members of the Interior University Society which secured funding for the creation of UNBC, thereby making it easier and more affordable for the youth of Northern BC to pursue higher education

* BC Liberal Party
Has been a supporter since the late 1980s and has served in a variety of roles, including as a member of the Vancouver Burrard Riding Executive in 1996 and as a fundraiser during campaigns

EDUCATION and CREDENTIALS
* LSBC Member of the Law Society of British Columbia
* CBA Member
* MBA University of Toronto (1995)
* LLB University of Toronto (1995)
* BA Economics University of Victoria (1990)

To help with the nomination campaign or to learn more, call Chris' campaign manager, Jeff Melland.

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