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MEET IAIN

"I am profoundly concerned at the current state of our country, and truly believe that Pierre Poilievre has the common-sense plan required to lead Canada back to affordability within our cities, unity within our borders, and credibility on the world stage."

- Iain Black, Candidate for CPC Nomination

Iain and his wife, Chris, have raised their three children in the Tri-Cities, and know the fabric and nuances of our community through the eyes of parents of now-young-adult children.  The many years Iain spent as both a soccer coach and hockey team manager broadened this understanding.  They also provide a unique perspective regarding the challenges his family faced when his own children were school-aged, versus those felt today after three terms of a Federal Liberal government.  

This connection to our community was deepened immensely through Iain’s being elected in 2005 and 2009 as MLA in the BC government.  In addition to his local MLA role, he was appointed to three different economic cabinet minister roles with responsibilities including economic development, labour, small business and the province’s Asia Pacific Initiative.  He knows the responsibility and complex demands of being a senior elected official, and is excited to again compete for the honour of representing our citizens.

 

Iain’s involvement with free enterprise political parties goes back to his youth.  At every level he has helped with recruiting and supporting candidates, raising money and filling the various less-glamorous volunteer roles required to win.  Most recently, he was proud to co-chair the Conservative Party of Canada 2021 federal election campaign in Coquitlam-Port Coquitlam.

Starting with IBM in Winnipeg and then Vancouver, Iain spent over 15 years in the technology sector through increasingly complex and high-profile CEO assignments across both publicly-traded and private companies, before being elected MLA in 2005.  Iain returned to his roots in the technology and new economy industry in 2019, after an enormously successful term leading the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade for eight years.  He is currently president and CEO of Maximizer, an international CRM software company.

Both Iain and Chris hail from Winnipeg, where they met as students at the University of Manitoba.  Similar to Iain’s schoolteacher parents who immigrated to Canada as newlyweds, Iain and Chris moved to British Columbia in 1994 to start a life together on Canada’s west coast.   

Iain is an Honours graduate from the University of Manitoba’s Asper School of Business, as well as the Canadian Institute of Corporate Directors.  In addition to their three young adult children, Iain and Chris have a reasonably well-behaved West Highland White Terrier.

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“I proudly support Iain Black.  Canada needs a new government with new leadership, and I want to see Iain working with Pierre Poilievre to move our country forward.  As an experienced cabinet minister, MLA and business leader, Iain will get results for the Tri-Cities and a new Conservative Government.”

Hon. James Moore, P.C., M.A.

Port Moody-Coquitlam-Port Coquitlam Member of Parliament (2000-2015)

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