North Island—Powell River

Mark de Bruijn and his family moved to Calgary from Holland when he was just three-years-old, and he spent the next thirty years in Alberta. Then, at the age of thirty-four, he moved to Cortes Island and has called beautiful British Columbia home ever since. He has now been in the North Island—Powell River area for just over twenty years, most of that time living in the Bates Beach area of the Comox Valley.

Mark graduated from the University of Calgary in 1973, with a First Class Honours B.Sc. in Zoology. Years later, he completed the Post Degree Professional Program at University of Victoria to teach high school. His professional life has included working as a fish biologist, college teacher, general contractor, sporting goods buyer, healing program coordinator, school principal and high school science teacher. These experiences —along with his volunteer roles on several non-profit boards— have allowed him to develop diplomacy skills in the areas of finance, human resources and community building.

Mark has had a lifelong passion for green politics, and has been a long-time supporter of politically and environmentally focused groups like the Georgia Strait Alliance, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives and West Coast Environmental Law. He became active with the Green Party of Canada in 2014, and is deeply committed to our six guiding principles: ecological wisdom, social justice, participatory democracy, non-violence, sustainability, and respect for diversity.

Mark knows this riding is deeply affected by environmental issues —from logging to fish farms to rising sea levels—  and that North Island—Powell River is in a position to feel some of the worst consequences of climate change. He believes we have to work to significantly reduce carbon emissions and prioritize sustainability, all while fighting for social issues like affordable housing, food security and poverty alleviation.

Mark shares his passion for the wellbeing of our planet with his partner Carol. As well as supporting local political initiatives they enjoy outdoor activities like hiking, snowshoeing, skiing and kayaking, and practice the spiritual wisdoms of meditation.

Mark looks forward to working with all the residents of North Island—Powell River to build a more resilient, equitable and sustainable Canada.