Gregor Robertson was first elected Vision Vancouver Mayor of Vancouver in November 2008, and re-elected in 2011.
Before entering politics, Gregor was a successful entrepreneur. The founder and former CEO of Happy Planet Foods, he grew the Vancouver-based socially responsible company up to 50 employees in 10 years. For his achievements in business and as a community leader, Gregor was named one of Canada’s “Top 40 under 40” by The Globe and Mail in 2003.
As Mayor, Gregor Robertson has taken action on creating new affordable housing and helping people who are homeless. For the first time in over a decade, Vancouver saw a year-over-year decrease in homelessness – 110 less people between 2010 and 2011. He has also put in place programs that led to the creation of the first new purpose-built rental housing in three years, and the first new co-op housing in nine years.
Mayor Robertson has delivered on an ambitious program to make Vancouver a more livable, environmentally friendly city. In addition to launching curbside compost pickup, an outdoor food cart program, setting the highest electric vehicle charging standards and the greenest building standards for new buildings in North America, Vancouver now has ambitious targets ranging from climate protection to transportation to food security through its Greenest City 2020 Plan. Making Vancouver streets safer for pedestrians and cyclists has been a top priority, as well as advocating for increased transit investment, including late-night bus service and rapid transit through the Broadway corridor.
As host to the world in 2010, Mayor Robertson oversaw the successful Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games, capitalizing on the global exposure and showcasing the best Vancouver has to offer. In 2011, Corporate Knights ranked Vancouver as Canada’s most sustainable city, The Economist named Vancouver the world’s most livable city and the second greenest city in North America, and BC Business magazine named the City the most innovative organization in the province.
Gregor and his wife Amy have four children and live in Douglas Park. He is an avid soccer, hockey, and live music fan, and can occasionally be seen around town playing his tuba or drums.