Meet the Campaign Team

John Weston

Campaign Chair
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John served as a Member of Parliament for two terms, stoutly advocating for the people he represented, at home and abroad. In his two terms as a Member of Parliament with numerous roles and responsibilities, he gleaned exceptional insight into the working of the Canadian Government, its systems, processes, agencies, and most importantly, its people and leaders.

John, founder of Weston & Associates, is widely regarded as a leader in advising on cases that involve a combination of Law, Government Relations and Indigenous Affairs, areas in which he has excelled for over 35 years. In his career, he has mastered the art of negotiating, communicating and building relationships within the context of managing and resolving complex problems. While his legal background is diversified, his passion has always been a highly honed focus on advancing issues of fairness and human rights and helping others in difficult situations.

Education: York University, Osgoode Hall Law School - Bachelor of Laws (LL.B); Harvard University - Bachelor of Arts, Honors, Government and International Relations (B.A.)

John Reynolds

Deputy Campaign Chair
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Hon. Reynolds was born January 19, 1942, in Toronto, Ontario, moved to Montreal, Quebec 1947 where he lived until 1958.

In the 1960's, Hon. Reynolds began his career in the sales and marketing field; was western sales manager for Rust Craft Greeting Cards; joined Ethicon Sutures Ltd. (a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson) and at that time was the youngest manager ever appointed by that company.

His career includes substantial experience in venture capital development, consumer products marketing, resource sector development and elected political office, both federal and provincial.

Hon. Reynolds political career began in 1972, when he was elected to the House of Commons as a Progressive Conservative Member of Parliament for the British Columbia riding of Burnaby-Richmond-Delta. He was re-elected in the 1974 general election. During his time as an MP (1972-1977), he served on numerous standing committees, health and welfare, sport and fitness, transportation, and justice and legal affairs. He chaired the Progressive Conservative Caucus Committee responsible for the Department of Supply and Services.

Following his tenure as an elected official, Hon. Reynolds pursued work in the private sector, which included directorships on the boards of numerous public companies, including International Corona Resources; one of the largest gold discoveries in North America; and hosted one of British Columbia's leading radio talk shows.

Hon. Reynolds began his provincial government political career in 1983, elected as Member of the Legislative Assembly for British Columbia for the riding of West Vancouver-Howe Sound. Re-elected in 1986 and elected Speaker of the Legislative Assembly on March 9, 1987, a post he served with distinction until his appointment to Cabinet on November 1, 1989, as Minister of Environment.

During Hon. Reynolds term as Speaker of the Legislative Assembly and as a consequence of his particular interest in the Commonwealth, he held the position of President of the British Columbia branch of the Canadian Commonwealth Parliamentary Association. In September 1989, he was elected Vice-Chairman of the executive Committee of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, for a three-year term. Hon. Reynolds is the first British Columbian politician elected to the executive of this association, which is composed of representatives from 112 Commonwealth nations, states and provinces.

As Minister of Environment in British Columbia, Hon. Reynolds chaired the Cabinet Committee on Environment and Land Use, was a member of the Planning and Priorities Committee of Cabinet, Regional and Economic Development Committee of Cabinet, Native Affairs Committee of Cabinet, Cultural Heritage Committee of Cabinet, and the Vancouver International Airport Cabinet Committee. He was also a member of the BC/Alberta Boundary Commission, the BC/Yukon/NWT Boundary Commission, and the Environmental Appeal Board.

Following the 1991 provincial election, Hon. Reynolds moved to Scottsdale, Arizona where he resided from 1992 to 1996. During that four-year period he was President of a Venture Capital Company, involved in numerous projects.

In 1997, Hon. Reynolds returned to British Columbia and on June 2, 1997, he was again elected to the House of Commons as a Reform Party Member of Parliament for the riding of West Vancouver-Sunshine Coast. He was appointed on June 20, 1997, to the 'shadow cabinet' of the Official Opposition as Critic for Citizenship and Immigration. One year later, in June 1998, he took over as Chief Opposition Critic for Fisheries and Oceans and on August 31, 1998, Hon. Reynolds was asked to take over the Justice portfolio as Chief Opposition Critic. On August 1, 2000, the new leader of the Canadian Alliance, Stockwell Day, appointed Hon. Reynolds Chief Opposition Whip. In this capacity, Hon. Reynolds was a member of the Procedure and House Affairs Committee, and a member of the Board of Internal Economy, which manages the budget of the House of Commons. On November 27, 2000, Hon. Reynolds was re-elected by the electorate of West Vancouver – Sunshine Coast for a second term and was re-appointed as Chief Opposition Whip. In January 2001, Hon. Reynolds was appointed as the Official Opposition House Leader. In December 2001, Hon. Reynolds was elected Leader of the Opposition in the House of Commons by the Canadian Alliance Caucus, and Leader of the Canadian Alliance by the national council of the Canadian Alliance Party.

On May 13, 2002, after Stephen Harper’s election as Member of Parliament in Calgary Southwest, Hon. Harper became the Leader of the Opposition and appointed Hon. Reynolds as the Official Opposition House Leader. In January 2004, he resigned that position to become Co-chair of the Stephen Harper Leadership Campaign. Following Hon. Harper’s successful bid to become Leader of the Conservative Party of Canada, Hon. Reynolds was again appointed Official Opposition House Leader on March 22, 2004.

Hon. Reynolds was vice-chair of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association and vice-chair of the Canada/UK Parliamentary Association.

John was re-elected in the June 28, 2004 general election. Shortly after the election Stephen Harper appointed Hon. Reynolds as the Official Opposition House Leader and Critic for Sports. On January 24, 2005, Hon. Reynolds stepped aside as Official Opposition House Leader after deciding not to seek re-election.

John served as co-chair of the successful national Conservative Party campaign for the January 23, 2006 federal election, in which Stephen Harper was elected the Prime Minister of Canada.

Hon. Reynolds’ community activities have included being a founding member and chairman of the Gordie Howe Foundation for Disabled Athletes, member of the International Churchill Society, and he served as a member of the Board of Governors for the 1994 Victoria Commonwealth Games Society. He was awarded the Queens Medal in 1978, 2002 and 2012.

Hon. Reynolds was appointed as a member of the Queen's Privy Council for Canada on February 6, 2006. In March 2006, John was appointed as a Senior Strategic Advisor to McMillan LLP in Vancouver.

He is married to Yvonne and they have seven children and fifteen grandchildren and one great granddaughter.

Ian Mellor

Official Agent
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Ian is the Past President of the Evergreen Squash Club, and Past Director with Vancouver Executives Association. He [previously assisted on campaigns with Colin Hansen, Peter Ladner (Financial Agent) and John Weston (Financial Agent and Official Agent). Ian has been the President of Mellor Financial Group Inc. since 1990, and is currently a Financial Planner with Assante Wealth Management Ltd.

Education: University of Victoria - Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.); CFP, FRI., EPC.

Ron Wood

Chair of the Fundraising Committee
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A resident of West Vancouver for 45 years, Ron Wood has been most active in the community having served as President of the West Vancouver Chamber of Commerce, District Councillor (1990-1999) and two terms as Mayor of West Vancouver (1999-2005). In his retirement, Ron continues to volunteer in the community and currently serves as President of the Kiwanis Club of West Vancouver as well as serving on the boards of both the West Vancouver provincial Liberal and federal Conservative associations.

Samantha Loren

Campaign Manager
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Samantha is excited to bring her project management and leadership experience to the campaign team. Samantha has experience in a variety of industries, including medical device innovation, clinical research, marketing and advertising, real estate development, and financial services. A world-renowned public speaker, a recipient of numerous awards for business case competitions, and an experienced team leader, Samantha looks forward to bringing fresh perspectives to the campaign.

Education: Northwestern University, Pritzker School of Law - Master of Science in Law, Honors (MSL); Dalhousie University, Rowe School of Business - Bachelor of Commerce, Finance (B.Comm.)

Konrad Kobielewski

Deputy Campaign Manager
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Konrad is an experienced campaigner who worked as a political staffer under the previous Conservative government. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from UBC and trained in international protocol at the Protocol School of Washington. Konrad resides in Dundarave and looks forward to electing Gabrielle Loren as our MP.

Education: University of British Columbia, Sauder School of Business - Bachelor of Commerce (B.Comm.)

Mary Aaron

Volunteer Captain
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Mary is excited to be part of the campaign team working with Gabrielle. A Human Resources Professional and Certified CliftonStrengths Coach, Mary brings her business management and people skills to this role.

Education: Simon Fraser University - Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA); Human Resources Management Association, CPHR; Certified CliftonStrengths Coach.

MaryAnn Smith

Regional Manager and GOTV Coordinator, Bowen Island

Daniella Smith

Regional Manager, Squamish
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Daniella works in health care as a nursing assistant and, prior to this, had been an event coordinator and was a sole proprietor of a sign business. She is a proud wife and mother of two young men. Daniella is positively motivated by our Conservative candidate, Gabrielle Loren, and is intentional in all of her contributing efforts to assist in joining people in favour of supporting Gabrielle here in Squamish, B.C.

Education: Graduated from Vancouver Community College and Compucollege School of Business

Reid Addison

Youth Captain
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Reid is a recent graduate of Rockridge Secondary school and will be studying international economics at UBC in the fall. Reid has gained valuable experience in various campaign's, encouraging youth in our community to get more involved. Reid is devoted to encouraging youth to get involved in campaigning at an early age so that they have a say in the direction our community is moving.

Education: University of British Columbia - Bachelor of International Economics (BIE), Candidate; Rockridge Secondary School

Alan Wallace

Door Captain
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Alan is enthusiastic to be joining Gabrielle and her campaign team having lived in West Vancouver and Whistler for over 20 years. An experienced corporate finance advisor with a career in advising companies on investing in Canada and globally, Alan brings a broad economic perspective to Gabrielle’s team. Having followed the business and economic environment closely for over 35 years, Alan looks forward to meeting as many voters as possible to discuss Canada's future and why Gabrielle is our best choice for Canada and our kids future here.

Education: University of Chicago, Booth Graduate School of Business - Master of Business Administration (MBA); University of Toronto - Bachelor of Applied Science, Mechanical Engineering (B.A.Sc.)

Valerie Brown

Research Captain

Angelia Darnbrough

Messaging and Marketing Strategist
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With over two decades of marketing experience, Angelia has been helping businesses grow exponentially, stay relevant and embrace new technologies using People2People Marketing. She successfully finds her client’s pivot point – connecting customers to products and services by establishing an emotional connection that makes them memorable. She looks forward to applying her extensive insight into marketing strategy to the campaign team.

Education: University of British Columbia, Bachelor of Arts, Economics. Purdue University Calumet, Indiana, USA, Marketing & Advertising courses.

Elizabeth Marshall

Events Coordinator, Social
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Elizabeth Marshall has lived in West Vancouver since 1975. Her volunteer experience includes organizing fundraising activities, etc., while her children attended local schools. She served as Vice-President of B.C. Parents for French. She carried out a leadership role at her local church for three years and has volunteered at the W.V. Seniors’ Centre. While employed with the West Vancouver Community Foundation as Executive Director she organized the annual fundraising auctions. Over the past 13 years she has volunteered for and supported the campaign of the Conservative candidate for West Vancouver-Sunshine Coast- Sea to Sky Country.

Kate MacLeod

Social Media Coordinator
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Kate is excited to be joining the campaign team as the Social Media Coordinator. As a student well-acquainted with the ins and outs of social media and marketing, Kate is confident in the efforts she puts forth to Gabrielle’s team. In the future, she is looking forward to being a part of the action-packed campaign journey.

Education: Emily Carr University of Art and Design - Visual Communication (BDes), Candidate; Rockridge Secondary School