North Okanagan—Shuswap

Marc Reinarz was born in Luxembourg, and at the age of four, moved with his parents and nine other siblings to Brussels. In 1974, he moved to Canada with his parents and youngest sister to live on a ranch in the East Kootenays. While working various jobs after school, Marc still found time to help his father with the ranch.

After completing his electronics studies in Calgary, Marc travelled back to Europe to work as a Business Manager for Philips Electronics. His ability to speak four languages was a great asset and he became a successful Business Manager in Eastern Europe, the Middle East and the Indian subcontinent. He negotiated capital goods agreements with various national governments in these regions, and later tended to customers worldwide and managed Philips Power Systems based in the United Kingdom.

Marc and his wife Sietje moved back to British Columbia in 2004. He now resides on an acreage in Spallumcheen where they keep their Andalusian horses. A passionate sailor —now the Commodore of the North Okanagan Sailing Association— Marc enjoys coaching young sailors.

To Marc, the environment, both locally and globally, is a priority. Central to his political philosophy is the understanding that there is no conflict between the environment and the economy. Marc carries with him a solid, truly international business background. He is well suited to providing the care and professionalism needed to help successfully accomplish the adoption and implementation of the ambitious environmental standards and regulations that Canada needs to make our economy more competitive, productive and sustainable. Marc knows that Canada's economy must be more diversified, resilient and less vulnerable to global shifts.

Marc would like to contribute to the economic, social and environmental well-being of Canada and the North Okanagan and Shuswap, which he feels privileged to call home.