Role call

Doug Beaton, Bill Cunningham, Michael Drummond, Kim Haakstad, Michael Hillman, Don Stickney and Brad Zubyk - these are names that will be familiar to anyone who pays attention to the machinations of federal Liberal politics in British Columbia. So it should come as no surprise they are among those who will be running the party's election effort in British Columbia. This, according to an email distributed by campaign co-chair Dean Crawford to Liberal council and caucus members, as well as candidate. The following is a complete copy, which was exclusively obtained by Public Eye.

To the Federal Liberal Council, Caucus Members and Candidates

We are pleased to announce the appointment of several individuals to the Liberal Party of Canada's central campaign team in British Columbia.

Over the past several weeks, we have focused on putting together an experienced and capable team to assist all 36 of our ridings prepare for the next election, when ever that may be. Our overriding objective will be to assist you and the many volunteers in your ridings to elect as many Liberal Members of Parliament from British Columbia as possible.

In the coming weeks and months, we will be working with you and your ridings closely in areas such as membership, finances, LiberalList, candidate and volunteer training, volunteer recruitment and many others.

We hope you are all enjoying your summer and we look forward to seeing many of you at the next Federal Liberal Council meeting in September.

Sharon Apsey
Herb Dhaliwal
Dean Crawford

BC Campaign Co-Chairs

The appointments to the central campaign team and brief biographies follow:

Sharon Apsey, Campaign Co-Chair

Sharon Apsey is a retired teacher and government employee who has lived and worked in BC and a number of countries abroad. She is currently volunteering for various not-for-profit groups in her home community.

Sharon has worked extensively with the Liberal Party of Canada. Positions she has held include President, Victoria Riding Association; President, LPCBC; B.C. and Yukon Representative, National Women's Commission; Treasurer, Judy La Marsh Fund, LPC; Campaign Co-Chair Election 2004; and Campaign Manager for David Mulroney, Victoria Liberal Candidate. In addition, she has worked on many campaigns in many roles, including Election Day Chair, Office Manager, Volunteer Chair, and Fund Raising Chair.

Sharon was awarded life-time membership in Party, is the recipient of the Senator George Van Roggen Award for outstanding service to the LPCBC, and the John N. Turner Award in recognition of service to the Young Liberals of B.C.

Hon. Herb Dhaliwal, P.C., Campaign Co-Chair

Herb Dhaliwal has had a celebrated career in service of the Liberal Party of Canada. Originally elected as the Member of Parliament for Vancouver-South /Burnaby in 1993, he was a senior Minister for Western Canada in the federal Cabinet of Prime Minister Jean Chretien. Between 1997 and 2004 he successively held the portfolios of National Revenue, Fisheries & Oceans, and Natural Resources. Prior to federal office, Herb was appointed by the BC Government as Vice-Chair of the BC Hydro and Power Authority board of directors, where he chaired the budget and audit committees. In 2000, the Vancouver Sun called him one of the Top 100 most influential British Columbians in the last century.

Herb's wide-ranging responsibilities have included service in international elections supervision, UN delegations, board memberships in several fields and more.

Prior to entering national electoral politics, Herb was - and since retiring from public life continues to be - an entrepreneur, business owner, corporate director, and advisor with interests in transportation, building maintenance, housing construction and real estate development. The Honourable Herb Dhaliwal now is a strategic advisor to private and public corporations in Canada, in select instances also serving as a company board member.

Dean Crawford, Campaign Co-Chair

Dean Crawford has been a member of the Liberal Party of Canada for nearly 25 years, having served the party in many campaign and riding executive positions. He was the chair of the Green Light Committee for British Columbia in the run-up to the 2008 federal election and has been the legal advisor to several federal and provincial campaigns.

Dean is a former political assistant to the Honourable Allan Rock, in both the Justice and Health portfolios.

Outside of politics, Dean is a lawyer and partner in the Vancouver office of Heenan Blaikie LLP. He is an elected officer of the Canadian Bar Association (BC Branch).

Doug Beaton, Campaign Director

Doug Beaton has over ten years' experience managing campaigns. His experience includes serving as BC Campaign Director in the 2004 election, Vancouver-Kingsway Campaign Manager in 2006 and Victoria Operations Director in 2000.

In addition, he has served as Executive Director of the LPCBC, as a Senior Advisor to the Federal Cabinet and in numerous Young Liberal roles during his university years, including sitting on the Youth National Executive.

He currently works for a global consultancy acting as an advisor on corporate transactions, specializing in mergers and acquisitions.

Brad Zubyk, Communications Chair

Brad Zubyk has over 25 years of campaign experience in Canada and abroad. He served as the BC Communications Director during the last federal campaign and has had significant campaign experience internationally. He has participated at various levels in several election campaigns throughout Asia, Europe, and Africa.

He is a regular commenter and recognized pundit for several major media outlets and has acquired an intimate understanding of the BC media in the course of his work.

Brad also operates a successful strategic communications and political consulting business and has been doing so for the past 16 years.

Kim Haakstad, Election Readiness Co-Chair

Kim Haakstad has nearly 15 years of political experience at the federal, provincial, and municipal levels in a variety of roles.

As a campaign worker, Kim has worked in almost every capacity, from the sign crew to door-knocking, communications, voter identification chair and a host of other positions.

She is a former Executive Director of the LPCBC and was the BC Campaign Director for the 2006 Federal Election Campaign. As Campaign Director, her efforts focused on candidate recruitment, riding election readiness, riding services, regional outreach and Election Day Chair training.

Don Stickney, Election Readiness Co-Chair

Don Stickney is an accomplished communications and public affairs professional. He draws on expertise acquired over nearly a decade in both political and public affairs, in which he has contributed to many successful campaigns.

Over the years, he has provided strategic counsel to industry leaders and elected officials in Ottawa, Toronto, Calgary, Vancouver, and Victoria. Don began his career in the Federal public service when he was a senior advisor to the Ministers of Industry and of State (Multiculturalism), amongst others.

Don holds a BA in political studies from the University of British Columbia. He is actively involved in BC party politics, having managed numerous campaigns at local and regional levels. He has also chaired several successful election day efforts.

Doug Leung, Operations Director

Doug Leung is an avid political enthusiast and since 1984 has worked on campaigns in various capacities, including the management of campaigns in the federal, provincial, and civic political arenas.

He was active during the 1993 federal campaign with the Leader's Tour, Advance, and Events. Doug also served as campaign manager in five separate elections, in 1996, 2000, 2004, 2006, and in 2008, and helped power four of those five candidates to victories.

Over the years, Doug has also served on the Vancouver Centre and Vancouver Quadra Riding Associations and on various dinner- and special event-committees.

Alan Fethertsonhaugh, Tour Director

Al Fethertsonhaugh has been active in every aspect of constituency and election organization at the riding level. He has served on Riding Association executives as membership chair, as an event organizer, and also as a candidate's aide, event coordinator, and fundraiser during election campaigns. He also worked with the Hon. Hedy Fry, MP, as Election Day Co-Chair (2006) and Campaign Manager (2008) in Vancouver Centre.

At the Liberal Party of Canada (BC) level, Alan has twice set up the BC central campaign office and has been an ongoing manager in its day to day operations. He has served on the national Leader's tour and coordinated the visits of ministers and other MPs during election campaigns.

Alan was elected to the Vancouver Park Board twice and served as Chair of the same Board. He is the Managing Partner of Public Agenda Group, a Vancouver based communications firm.

Russ Lazaruk, Regional Chair: Lower Vancouver Island

Russ Lazaruk has a history of political engagement dating to his childhood when he would attend candidates' meetings and town-halls with his mother. He became involved in politics at the local level in 1978, heading up the Advisory Planning Commission on Saltspring Island and helping out on municipal campaigns. His partisan activity really took root in the Comox Valley where he joined the BC Liberal Party. He joined the Federal Liberal Party shortly thereafter.

While in the Comox Valley, Russ was Riding President of the provincial Riding Association for over seven years and of the Federal Association for two years. He served as Chair of the Provincial Council, was Party Secretary, and eventually became Regional Director in Victoria. Once there, Russ's involvement in the Federal Liberal Party grew and he became a Director and eventually the Riding President. He has worked in various capacities on numerous federal, provincial, and municipal campaign teams.

Russ continues to be involved in the community outside of partisan politics. He is a former trustee of the Greater Victoria Library, a Rotarian, and treasurer for two other societies.

David Lobay Regional Chair: Upper Vancouver Island

David Lobay has a storied career with the Liberal Party generally and the LPCBC in particular. From 1990 to 1991, he was the Campaign Co-Chair for the Right Hon. Jean Chretien in Red Deer, North Alberta. He organized the Party convention in Calgary in 1991. By 1997 he had moved to Vancouver Island and ran as the candidate for Nanaimo-Alberni. From 1995 to 2003, he served on the executive for that riding, including some years as President of the riding association.

David has also been an executive member of the LPCBC for some years, representing Nanaimo-Parksville in particular as a fundraiser and organizer and in 2009 became President of the New Nanaimo Riding, a position he still holds today.

Sue Cooper, Regional Chair: North & Interior

Sue Cooper has been active in the Liberal Party of Canada since the early 1990s in a diverse host of roles.

Hailing from Okanagan-Similkameen-Merritt where she served on the executive as a director, she later served as President of the riding association when the riding became Okanagan-Coquihalla in 1996. Sue was also Organization Chair on the LPCBC executive in the late 90s from the Kamloops convention to the Whistler convention and acted as Campaign Organizer for the Southern Interior in the 1997 general election.

Sue then became a member of the Kootenay-Boundary-Okanagan riding following the reorganization of 1998 and was instrumental in helping the transition as the balance of power in that riding shifted to Nelson, Castlegar, and Trail. Sue played a central role in Bill Barlee's provincial campaign in 2001.

Michael Hillman, Regional Chair: Vancouver & Richmond

As Regional Chair for Vancouver and Richmond, Mike Hillman continues his involvement of more than 40 years with the Liberal Party of Canada. He worked with Iona Campagnolo and Senator Jack Austin and was the candidate in Burnaby in the 1984 general election. Michael served three terms on the National Executive of the Liberal Party, the last two as National Vice President, English. He also co-chaired the Red Ribbon committee bringing forward major changes to the Constitution of the Liberal Party of Canada.

Michael assisted with campaigns for the Hon. Hedy Fry, managed the campaigns for the Hon. Sukh Dhaliwal and the Hon. Ujjal Dosanjh, and served as Co-Chair of Wendy Yuan's campaign in Vancouver Kingsway.

Michael was closely involved with projects such as the 1988 Vancouver Winter Olympic bid and the bid and setup of Expo '86 His business activities have also taken him throughout northern BC and Europe.

Michael Drummond, Regional Chair: North Shore (Vancouver)

Michael Drummond has been a member of the Liberal Party of Canada for the past 15 years. He joined the Young Liberals in the mid 1990s while attending Simon Fraser University. Soon after his graduation, he became active in Burnaby-Douglas, working as an aide to the Liberal candidate in the 1997 general election and later serving as Vice President of the riding association.

In 1998, Michael joined Herb Dhaliwal's office in Ottawa and served as the Minister's British Columbia Desk until 2003. During the 2000 General Election, he took a leave of absence to help run the Minister's re-election campaign in Vancouver South-Burnaby.

During the 2004 and 2006 campaigns Michael volunteered in Vancouver-Kingsway, helping with policy and stakeholder outreach and then with Election Day operations. Michael now resides in North Vancouver.

Bill Cunningham, Regional Chair: Burnaby & Tri-Cities

Bill Cunningham has been involved with the Liberal Party of Canada since 1987 when he joined the Young Liberals. He was a Youth Chair in the 1988 federal election and was also on the provincial executive for the Alberta Young Liberals, the University of Alberta Liberal Club, and the Riding Association. He was a Regional Youth Chair for Paul Martin in the 1990 leadership race.

In the 1997 election, Bill served as Election Day Chair for the Port Moody-Coquitlam Riding Association and then became riding President in 1999. In 1999, he also became the Treasurer of LPCBC then served as LPCBC President from 2000 to 2004.

In the 2004, 2006, and 2008 elections, Bill ran as the Liberal Party candidate in Burnaby-Douglas. He also served as the BC Campaign Director in the leadership races of 2006 and 2008 for Stephane Dion and Michael Ignatieff.

Bruce McDonald, Regional Chair: Fraser Valley & Surrey

Bruce McDonald has served the Party for several years and currently occupies the office of the President of the Riding Association for Newton-North Delta.

Bruce is also substantially involved in municipal politics as a Councillor on Delta's Municipal Council, to which he was first elected in 1988. Since then, he has served as a Member on the Liaison Committee between the Council and the Delta Board of Education. He has also chaired several committees, namely the Environment Advisory Committee, the Hunting Regulation Advisory Committee, and the Tsawwassen Area Plan Committee. Bruce is a member on the Standing Committee on Finance and a Council Liaison to the Boys & Girls Club: Community Services for Delta/Richmond.

Steve Saville, Legal Advisor

Steve Saville is a lawyer in the Vancouver office of national law firm Fasken Martineau, with a focus on corporate/commercial law, securities and acquisitions. Active in federal and provincial politics, he has previously acted as legal advisor to election campaigns.

The Co-Chairs are also pleased to advise you that our Leader, Michael Ignatieff, has appointed Andrew Wilkinson, Q.C., of Vancouver, as the Leader's Representative on the National Policy & Platform Committee. Andrew is a partner in the Vancouver office of McCarthy Tetrault. He has significant policy experience in British Columbia, have previously served as Deputy Minister of the British Columbia Ministry of Economic Development, where he had responsibility for economic issues, trade, tourism and business marketing. He was responsible for important initiatives during his tenure including the British Columbia Climate Change Plan, the 2010 Olympic Tourism Strategy, reorganization of the governance of the Columbia Power Corporation and the British Columbia Ports Strategy, which culminated in a federal investment of $590 million into the Pacific Gateway Project. He also served as Deputy Minister for Intergovernmental Relations in the Premier's Office for two years.

Dean A. Crawford
Partner
HEENAN BLAIKIE LLP

6 Comments

LPC has gone back to the lobbyists. That is what happens when you don't have any grassroots supporters.

Almost everyone on the list is a lobbyist... include Bruce Young and Mark Marissen and the list would be complete.

And nice touch of the token Chinese and Indo person...typical Liberal Party ploy.

What a joke....

These guys are the best in the business. Good on Iggys people.

Glad to see Sharon Apsey;. Surprised not to see strategic wunderkind Mark Marissen; disappointed to see Alan Fetherstonhaugh - seriously?

Otherwise, tons of skill and experience assembled. Congrats to them for putting together a dream team.

Alan Fetherst...whatever...

Are you kidding me? What a joke.

Nice to see the Paul Martin team is back in charge - what every happened to the Iggy Nation?

Also nice to see that Mark Marissen has gone from Field Marshall to field worker for the federal Liberals.

Paul Martin team is back in charge, Bill? Certainly integral and involved but in charge? Have you looked at who the Campaign Co-Chairs, the Party President, and National VP (also from BC) are? Looks more like a newly united team to me.

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