Lord God our Father in Heaven, we bring before you Shane Simpson, MLA Vancouver -Hastings. We give you thanks for the many years of service he has given to the province of British Columbia. May he grow in his understanding of the complex challenges he is faced with in the area of Economic Development, Jobs, Labour and Skills. Furthermore we ask for wisdom as he serves as the Caucus Chair for the Opposition, may he he lead with a deep regard for others and the strength to build the team for the betterment of the people of British Columbia. We declare a blessing over his household, good health, joy and peace. Amen.
Shane Simpson was re-elected as the MLA for Vancouver Hastings in May 2013. He was first elected to the Legislature in 2005.
Shane serves as Opposition Spokesperson for Economic Development, Jobs, Labour and Skills. During his time as MLA, he has also served as Caucus Chair and Opposition Critic for Labour, Housing and the Environment.
Born and raised in Vancouver, Shane has lived, worked, and engaged in community-building activities in East Vancouver for more than 45 years.
In his professional career, Shane has worked as the Director of Policy and Communications for Smart Growth BC, chair of the Vancouver City Planning Commission, an instructor in the Community Economic Development program at Simon Fraser University, Executive Director of the Worker Ownership Resource Center, Legislative Coordinator for the Canadian Union of Public Employees, coordinator and fundraiser for the Ray Cam Cooperative Center, Executive Assistant to former Vancouver East MP Margaret Mitchell, and as a self-employed consultant on business and economic development for labour, co-operative and non-profit groups.
Shane was the recipient of the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal for his contribution to community in 2002. In 1992, he was awarded the Governor General’s 125th Anniversary Commemorative Medal for Community Service.
Shane, his partner Cate Jones and their daughter Shayla, live in the Burrardview neighbourhood of Vancouver Hastings.