DOUG HALVERSON - BOARD MEMBER
Doug Halverson has a life-long attachment to Chinatown: visiting its safe streets as a child; eating in its alley restaurants as a student; surveying housing conditions in adjacent Strathcona as a planning assistant in the ‘60s; lamenting the deteriorating streets with friends running businesses in the district in the ‘90s; and serving as a trustee of The Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Garden Society from 2004 to 2011 – two of those years as president.
With a graduate degree in Sociology and membership in the Planning Institute of British Columbia, Doug worked in turn for the City of Vancouver, the Canadian Council on Social Development, the Greater Vancouver Regional District and the now-past firm of Urban Programme Planners. In the early 1980s, he joined Westcoast Transmission (now a unit of Enbridge) in the pursuit of northern pipelines. He helped to open the BC natural gas industry to indigenous peoples. He retired as a vice-president of Duke Energy in 2003.
Doug has served on numerous non-profit committees and boards, including the Industry Council for Aboriginal Business, The Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Garden Society, the Vancouver Chinatown Revitalization Committee, and the Advisory Board to the Vancouver Chinatown Heritage Foundation’s 58 West Hastings housing project.
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