Mayor Kennedy Stewart serves as Chair of the Vancouver Economic Commission’s Board of Directors. He is an SFU policy professor, specializing in cities and housing, and holds a PhD from the London School of Economics. Known for his commitment to cross-partisan work, he has published research on government, citizen participation and democratic reform. He is the first Independent Mayor of Vancouver to be elected in 30 years.
Mayor Stewart was elected as a Member of Parliament for the ridings of Burnaby—Douglas (2011-2015) and Burnaby South (2015-2018), first elected alongside Jack Layton’s NDP. During this time, he served as the official opposition critic for science and technology, and as a member of the standing committee on industry, science and technology. He also introduced the Parliamentary Science Officer Act, and his Private Members’ Motion brought electronic petitioning to the House of Commons.
A native of Nova Scotia, Mayor Stewart has lived in Metro Vancouver since 1989.