George Heyman was first elected as the MLA for Vancouver-Fairview in 2013 and was re-elected in 2017. Born and raised in Vancouver, George has lived and worked here as well as throughout northwest BC. In the NDP government, George serves as the Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy, and was previously the Opposition spokesperson for the Environment, Green Economy, and Technology.
George is a passionate advocate in Victoria for issues facing Fairview constituents – including education, health care, the arts, child care, transit, and affordable housing. As Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy, George brings a strong voice for environmental responsibility and climate action to the legislature, and advocates for a more sustainable, modern, and diverse economy.
George was the executive director of Sierra Club BC, one of the province’s oldest environmental advocacy and education organizations. He also served three terms as president of the BC Government and Service Employees’ Union (BCGEU). In both organizations, George was a respected negotiator and a strong fiscal manager. Prior to these positions he lived in Terrace for many years, and worked throughout BC’s northwest and coastal communities.
George has been a faculty member of Simon Fraser University’s Dialogue and Negotiation program, teaching courses in multi- party negotiations and collaborative decision-making. He has guest lectured at a number of universities in B.C. and abroad, and served on advisory committees for post-graduate and undergraduate degree programs at three B.C. universities.
George is a passionate advocate for issues facing his constituents, including education, health care, the arts, child care, workers’ rights, transit, affordable housing, environmental responsibility and climate action. He also advocates for a more sustainable, modern and diverse economy. George enjoys running, kayaking, live music and theatre.