Scott McLean is an experienced communications and marketing professional, with over ten years of experience in Post Secondary Education, including acting as Simon Fraser University’s Director of Public Affairs and Media Relations and Director of Public Relations for SFU Vancouver.
Originally from Ontario, Scott completed his undergraduate degree at Bishop’s University, before pursuing a Master of Science degree at Canisius College and an Executive Master of Business at SFU.
It was upon first arriving in Vancouver, in the summer of 2005, that Scott discovered the Garden. Having moved thousands of kilometres from friends and family to begin a demanding new chapter in his life, Scott found the Garden to offer an opportunity for peaceful reflection, and the chance to put life, at least for a while, into perspective.
Scott believes deeply in contributing to the community in which he lives. He currently volunteer-coaches basketball, softball and t-ball with the Vancouver Special Olympics, and is a member of the Board of Trustees for PAL (Performing Arts Lodges) Vancouver. He can even be found performing in Vancouver’s stand-up and improv comedy scene, or pursuing his other passions: yoga, snowboarding and guitar.
Scott is keenly aware that there are fewer and fewer secluded spaces in Vancouver. As the city continues to expand, he sees preserving the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden – both as a historical monument, and as a bridge between cultures – as an important mission. He aims to assist the garden in developing greater community linkages and engagement, and to help maintain the Garden’s legacy as the World’s Top City Garden.