Al is a life long resident of Maple Ridge and has spent most of his adult life working and volunteering in the community. During his career he has been a grocery clerk, survey assistant, structural & civil engineering draftsman, residential/commercial design draftsman and land use consultant.
In 1979 Al began his career in Real Estate and in 1994 he completed the Real Estate Agents Course at U.B.C. Also during this time he completed part time studies at U.B.C.’s School of Community and Regional Planning and was awarded a Certificate in Site Planning. Al furthered is studies in Land Use Planning through Simon Fraser University between 2008 – 2010 and obtained the Sustainable Community Development Certificate.
He continues volunteering and sat on many boards, committees and special task forces, including Official Community Plan Reviews, Rural Plan (Chairman) Alouette River Management Society, the Silver Valley Neighbourhood Association and was a founding member and chairman of the Saferhome Society until the spring of 2017.
Al was elected Mayor of Maple Ridge in 1999 through to 2002. During his break from political life he grew his Property Management business and provided land use consulting services for several clients. Al re-entered the 2005 political arena and won a seat as a Municipal Councillor which he held and proudly served the citizens of Maple Ridge until 2014.
Today Al continues assisting in the assembly of land, land use proposal’s, design, development and marketing of a variety of projects including single family, multi family and commercial units. He continues to operate his Property Management business and assist buyers and sellers with the sale or purchase of their homes, business or property. Al has a strong belief in local economic growth focused on local jobs, and resilient, diverse community development based on the fundamentals of balanced growth.