Sam Sullivan was re-elected MLA for Vancouver-False Creek in 2017 which has earned him his current role as the Official Opposition’s Critic for Advanced Education.
Prior to being elected to the Legislative Assembly, Sam served as Mayor of Vancouver from 2006 to 2009 and as a Vancouver City Councillor from 1993 to 2005. He has served as the Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development and Minister Responsible for TransLink and has been a Member of the Legislative Review Committee and the Select Standing Committee on Crown Corporations and the Select Standing Committee on Public Accounts.
Sam is the founder of the Global Civic Policy Society, host of the Public Salons Series and its 1/2 hour weekly program on Shaw TV, the Greeting Fluency Initiative and smart phone app, and is an Adjunct Professor at the UBC School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture. Sam is also the founder of the Sam Sullivan Disability Foundation and six organizations that currently support quality of life initiatives for people with disabilities across Canada. For this he was made a Member of the Order of Canada.
During his time as Mayor of Vancouver, he was responsible for upgrades in the Orpheum, Queen Elizabeth and Playhouse Civic Theaters, the Olympic Streetcar Demonstration Project, the creation of the Street to Home Foundation and the initiation of the largest increase in social housing in several decades on 14 city sites.
Sam is Vice Chair of the Rick Hansen Institute and was made an Honourary Member of the College of Family Physicians of Canada in recognition of “his work on behalf of inner-city populations.” He has received the Christopher and Dana Reeve’s Award and the Terry Fox Award for helping to improve the quality of life for people with disabilities, and is an Honourary Major in the BC Regiment on Beatty Street.
Sam and his partner Lynn are longtime residents of Yaletown.