We’ll be in touch Thanks for signing up for updates. We’ll be in touch soon with exciting news. Stay in touch. Sign up for Convention 2019 updates – we’ll be adding more information as we finalize details and arrangements, including Convention speakers and child care options. Sign me up SpeakersConvention 2019 features these stellar speakers. Name Riding John Horgan Premier of BC Saturday, 10:00am, Carson Hall, Level 2 John Horgan is a husband, a father, a former mill worker, a cancer survivor and the leader of BC’s New Democratic Party.John has spent most of his life on southern Vancouver Island, and has been an MLA since 2005. John is the first to tell you that much of his success in life comes from the faith others had in him – a generous gift he’s committed to giving back to the people of BC.As leader of the opposition in the legislature, he has fought hard on issues that matter to – making life more affordable, making housing more accessible, banning big money donations from politics, standing up against school cuts and closures and advocating for better seniors’ care.He became Premier of BC in July 2017. Jagmeet Singh Leader of Canada's NDP Saturday, 2:35pm, Carson Hall, Level 2 Jagmeet Singh was born in Scarborough, Ontario, spent part of his childhood living in St. John's, Newfoundland & Labrador and grew up in Windsor, Ontario. Jagmeet holds a B.Sc. in biology from the University of Western Ontario and an LL.B. from Osgoode Hall Law School. He was first elected as Member of Provincial Parliament for the riding Bramalea-Gore-Malton in 2011, re-elected in 2014 and served as both the Deputy House Leader and later Deputy Leader of the Ontario NDP from 2015-17.As an activist lawyer, Jagmeet offered pro-bono work for community organizations fighting for social justice issues like anti-poverty campaigns and immigrant and refugee rights. He also conducted numerous free educational seminars entitled ‘know your rights’ for university students across the province.As a Provincial Member of Parliament, he was a leader in the fight to tackle economic and systemic injustices like preventing exploitation by auto insurance companies, ensuring stronger protections for workers employed by temporary job agencies and successfully pushed the Ontario government to end the practice of arbitrary street checks, or ‘carding’ by police.As Leader, he will attack some of the most challenging issues of our time; inequality, electoral reform, Indigenous reconciliation and climate change. To build a Canada where no one is left behind. Irene Lanzinger President, BC Federation of Labour Saturday, 10:40am, Carson Hall, Level 2 Irene Lanzinger was elected President of the BC Federation of Labour (BCFED) in November 2014. The BCFED represents more than 500,000 working people from affiliated unions across the province, in every sector of the economy.Irene is the first woman to be elected as President of the BCFED. She has a long history as a strong leader in the labour movement and is deeply committed to advancing equality, protecting vulnerable workers, and strengthening workplace safety.Prior to being elected President, she served as Secretary-Treasurer for the BCFED from 2010 – 2014.Irene began her career as a secondary science and math teacher in Abbotsford, at which time she became a member of the BC Teachers’ Federation (BCTF). In 2000, Irene became chief negotiator for the BCTF, bargaining on behalf of 41,000 members province-wide.She was elected Vice-President of the BCTF in 2002 and then President in 2007.While Irene plays a strong role within the Canadian labour movement, she has also broadened her union work to the international scene. She joined solidarity delegations in Namibia and across Latin America, including Guatemala, Costa Rica, and Honduras. She twice travelled to Colombia—the most dangerous country in the world to be a trade unionist.Irene’s dedication to working people and the labour movement has defined her career, and continues to motivate her as the President of BC’s labour movement. Lisa Beare Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, MLA for Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows Friday, 5:45pm, Carson Hall, Level 2 Lisa Beare grew up in Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows. She knows firsthand just how wonderful these communities are, especially as a place to raise her young family.She saw how the BC Liberals made life harder for people who live in her family-friendly community. Their policies made it harder for families to find affordable housing and raised costs on essential services. People are worried they wouldn’t have the same opportunities that their parents had.And Lisa had the same fears herself.Lisa is standing with John Horgan and the BC NDP to put hard-working British Columbians and their families first. She is committed to making life more affordable, improving education and creating good paying jobs.Lisa is here to stand up for what’s important to you and your neighbours in Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows. You can count on her and John Horgan to be on your side.Lisa Beare was made Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture in John Horgan's first BC NDP cabinet. Ravi Kahlon Parliamentary Secretary for Sport and Multiculturalism, MLA for Delta North Sunday, 10:45am, Carson Hall, Level 2 Ten years ago, Ravi Kahlon and his wife chose North Delta as the community where they would raise a family.The good public schools, easy access to parks like Burns Bog and Watershed, and the reasonable commute from Delta to all parts of Metro Vancouver helped them make this big decision for their future child.Ten years later, Ravi’s family couldn’t be happier to have embraced North Delta, and grateful that North Delta has embraced their family, too.Ravi learned a lot in North Delta, growing as a parent, a coach, and as a volunteer on the boards of the Delta Parks and Recreation Committee, the Tapestry Foundation and Men’s High Performance for Field Hockey BC.As an active community member, he learned firsthand that while the North Delta community is strong, the BC Liberals were not making good choices. Whether it was longer commute times, overcrowded schools, or the endless nickel and diming with new fees, taxes, and tolls, the BC Liberals made life harder for families.Ravi knows we can do so much better. That’s why he’s standing with John Horgan and the BC NDP.Ravi Kahlon was appointed Parliamentary Secretary for Sport and Multiculturalism in John Horgan's first BC NDP cabinet. Bowinn Ma Parliamentary Secretary for TransLink, MLA for North Vancouver-Lonsdale Saturday, 9:15am, Carson Hall, Level 2 Bowinn Ma knows we can make our community better and she will work for you to make that happen.As a manager of major capital construction projects at Vancouver International Airport, Bowinn works to see the big picture and then brings people together to deliver results.North Vancouver is a great community — but the BC Liberals did not make good choices for us. Whether it’s skyrocketing housing costs, a lack of public transportation funding that makes traffic worse on the North Shore, or cuts to education, the BC Liberals made life worse for families.An engineer, project management professional and community advocate, Bowinn knows it takes real leadership and consultation to move our community forward.Bowinn is committed to making life more affordable, improving transportation on the North Shore and creating well-paying jobs that last. She is standing with John Horgan and the BC NDP because it’s time for real leadership in North Vancouver.Bowinn has the energy and vision to help build a better BC. You can count on her and John Horgan to work for you.Bowinn Ma was appointed Parliamentary Secretary for TransLink in John Horgan's first BC NDP cabinet. Rachna Singh MLA for Surrey-Green Timbers Friday, 4:45pm, Carson Hall, Level 2 When Rachna Singh moved to Canada in 2001, she chose Surrey to build a better life for her young family. The warm welcome her family received, as they got involved in community activities, is something she will never forget.Rachna has worked as a drug and alcohol counsellor, a support worker for women facing domestic violence, and a community activist – she has a proven track record of fighting for people and getting things done.She loves Surrey, but Rachna has also seen that families here are struggling.When her son attended Westerman Elementary, she saw first hand the damage the BC Liberals caused to our kids' overcrowded schools. Over 7,000 Surrey students are learning in portables and the BC Liberals had no plan to put them all in real classrooms.Rachna knows too many people are working two or three jobs to make ends meet. While your costs were going up, from ICBC to Hydro, the BC Liberals were giving massive tax breaks to their rich friends.That’s why Rachna is proud to be part of John Horgan’s BC NDP team, fighting for the things that matter. She will work to make your life more affordable, to make sure our kids get the education they deserve and ensure healthcare is there when you need it.