Zac de Vries

Elected 2018 and 2022

Phone:  250-818-8089

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

  • Liaison, Resilient Saanich Technical Committee
  • Liaison, University-Municipal Council Liaison Group
  • Liaison, Peninsula and Area Agricultural Commission

Capital Regional District Appointments - Current

  • Chair, Capital Region Housing Corporation Board
  • Director, Capital Regional District Board
  • Director, Capital Region Hospital District
  • Chair, CRD Planning and Protective Services Committee
  • Member, CRD Transportation Committee
  • Member, CRD Housing and Hospitals Committee
  • Member, CRD Core Area Waster
  • Commissioner, Regional Water Supply Commission
  • Commissioner, Regional Housing Trust Fund Commission
  • Alternate Director, Capital Regional District Board

Saanich Council Past Appointments

  • Chair, Housing Strategy Taskforce
  • Chair, Planning, Transportation & Economic Development Advisory Committee
  • Regional Economic Development appointments – current:
  • Member, South Island Prosperity Partnership
  • Member, Rising Economy Taskforce
  • Chair, Mayor's Standing Committee on Housing Affordability and Supply
  • Member, of the Mayor’s Standing Committee on Finance and Governance


  • 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
  • High School Diploma—Pacific Christian School, Class of 2012

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