Zac de Vries

Elected 2018

Phone:  250-818-8089
Email:  zac.devries@saanich.ca

Personal summary

  • Born, raised, and educated in Saanich 
  • Grew up in the Carey area, now living in the Quadra McKenzie Centre
  • Advocate for affordability, better transportation options, and the environment, as well as senior and youth issues 
  • Social, Economic and Environmental sustainability are at the heart of my decision-making process 
  • I have a passion for planning and a love for the community I have grown up in, I want to keep Saanich vibrant for generations to come 
  • I love research, cycling, volunteering, the outdoors, as well as cross-cultural exchange

Career experience:

  • Senior Program Developer—Ministry of Agriculture and Food
    • I act as an advisor to executive and the minister with regards to the food and beverage processing sector
    • I offer subject matter expertise to a variety of teams in the Ministry, external partners, and industry
    • I am the policy lead for Beverages
    • I develop and deliver programming to enhance the competitiveness of local food and beverage companies
  • AF Emergency Management Roster and Advanced Planning for Wildfires, Floods, and Covid-19
  • Formerly worked as a Food and Beverage Processing Analyst at the Ministry of Agriculture, Food, and Fisheries
  • Formerly worked as a Cheese Specialist at Whole Foods Market Victoria
  • Previous positions in a diverse range of precarious work

Saanich Council appointments - current:

  • Chair, Mayor's Standing Committee on Housing Affordability and Supply
  • Member, of the Mayor’s Standing Committee on Finance and Governance
  • Member, South Island Prosperity Partnership
  • Liaison, University-Municipal Council Liaison Group
  • Liaison, Peninsula and Area Agricultural Commission

Capital Regional District appointments - current:

  • Commissioner, Regional Water Supply Commission
  • Commissioner, Regional Housing Trust Fund Commission
  • Alternate Director, Capital Regional District Board

Regional Economic Development appointments – current:

  • Member, South Island Prosperity Partnership
  • Member, Rising Economy Taskforce

Saanich Council Past Appointments:

  • Chair, Housing Strategy Taskforce
  • Chair, Planning, Transportation & Economic Development Advisory Committee

Education:

  • High School Diploma—Pacific Christian School, Class of 2012
  • Bachelor of Arts—University of Victoria, Class of 2017
    • Double Major in Political Science and Geography
      • Political Science focused on Political Economy, Geopolitics, Geographic/ Spatial Economy, and international relations
      • Geography concentrated in Urban, Health, and Development Studies

Community/Volunteer Services:

  • One Planet Saanich
  • Greater Victoria Acting Together
  • Volunteering with at-risk youth
  • Saanich South Electoral District Association
  • Esquimalt-Saanich-Sooke Electoral District Association