About Me

unnamed-2My family and I live in the Klahanie community in the Inlet Center area of Port Moody.  We chose to live in Port Moody because it is a truly incredible place to raise our two children.  The combination of waterfront trails, scenic parks, and small town charm is unique in the lower mainland.

I was elected to city council in 2011 and have been very much enjoying working on behalf of Port Moody residents over the last 3 years.  I have chaired the city’s Environmental Protection Committee, Community Care Committee, Heritage Commission, and City Beautification Sub-Committee.  I have also introduced a number of changes during my first term.  For example, I brought forward the creation of an Advisory Design Panel made up of engineers, architects and environmental experts who provide valuable advice to Council on all proposed developments in Port Moody to ensure they are the right fit for our city.  I introduced improvements to the zoning bylaw for daycares and initiated a Preschool Task Force to look into potential expansion of the programming.  I initiated the creation of a Tree Management Policy for city lands and promoted the establishment of sustainable building practices.

Through my regional involvement, the city of Port Moody also has a voice at the table at many important organizations: Metro Vancouver (I serve on the Zero Waste Committee), The Lower Mainland Local Government Association (I am elected 2nd Vice President), the Union of BC Municipalities (I have recently been elected Vancouver Metro Area Representative), the Fraser Health Municipal Government Advisory Council (Port Moody appointed delegate), and the Tri-Cities Regional Transportation Committee (Port Moody appointed representative).  Through each of these organizations I advocate for Port Moody’s best interests.  For example, on the Metro Vancouver Zero Waste Committee, I advocate for local taxpayers by strongly questioning the business case for spending $500Million dollars to build a garbage incinerator while advocating for lower cost and environmentally friendly alternatives.  At the Fraser Health Municipal Government Advisory Council I advocate for Eagle Ridge Hospital.  At the Tri-Cities Regional Transportation Committee I work in cooperation with city councillors from Coquitlam and Port Coquitlam on regional traffic planning with the goal of easing traffic issues in Port Moody.  As 2nd Vice President of the Lower Mainland Local Government Association I work on important issues such as rail safety and planning for sea-level changes.

Many people ask how I began in politics.  I trace it back to my involvement on the city’s Environmental Protection Committee, where I took an active role on the Waste To Energy Task Force.  In 2008, the city was faced with a decision of whether or not to build a Waste To Energy incinerator in the city.   Our Task Force conducted several months of public input sessions and undertook rigorous analysis of Plasco’s proposed technology.  I worked hard, did my research and challenged a number of Plasco’s claims and it became apparent that the facility was not right for our community.  As a result, the Task Force gave the recommendation to NOT build the Waste to Energy facility, which was unanimously adopted by council.  I then chose to focus my efforts on waste diversion and worked on our city’s garbage collection strategy while continuing to serve on the Environmental Protection Committee.  I am proud to have contributed to a plan that helped us get to a 77% waste diversion rate!  Our city’s committee structure is a great model for inclusive government that is responsive to the concerns of citizens.  I found the experience of volunteering for the city to be extremely rewarding and this was very instrumental in encouraging me to run for city council.

Rick Presenting to Cohen Commission on Fraser River Wild Sockeye Shortage

Rick Presenting to Cohen Commission on Fraser River Wild Sockeye Shortage

I have always had a strong belief in helping people get involved with issues they care about.  Prior to getting elected to council, I founded and worked with a number of environmental organizations that focused on issues such as river and wild salmon protection.  Through these organizations I have been able to help thousands of people get involved in BC’s Environmental Assessment process and have a voice in decision making.  As city councillor I continue to focus on helping people get involved.  I hold a monthly “Cafe Chat” on the last Sunday of every month where I invite residents to come in to discuss local issues and brainstorm ideas, and I have personally encouraged many to join city committees and to bring their ideas to council as a delegation.

Rick Presenting to BC Environmental Assessment Office on Run-of-River Concerns

Rick Presenting to BC Environmental Assessment Office on Run-of-River Concerns

I have also served on the board of the Port Moody Art Center Society which organizes key events in the community such as the Festival of the Arts, the Wearable Art Awards, the Best of BC Wine Tasting, and others.  While on the board, I chaired several sub-committees for local events, as well as a planning board for the future of the Port Moody Art Center and the Cultural Precinct.  I believe that with some vision and hard work we can truly become the ‘City of the Arts’.

My educational and career background are in the technology sector.  In 1995, I graduated from Simon Fraser University with a degree in Electronics Engineering.  I then worked for many years in the animated film and video game industries, most recently as a Computer Graphics Supervisor.  I’ve worked for companies such as Dreamworks and Electronic Arts and on films such as: Shrek 2, Madagascar, and Over the Hedge.  Today I manage the development of iPhone apps for many large companies.  This experience has taught me to manage large scale projects with diverse needs and to always look for efficiency and cost-savings, and my background in engineering has trained me to solve problems logically and practically.

As your councillor, I would like to ensure that we preserve what makes Port Moody special: our parks and natural areas, our historic character, our small town charm.  At the same time we need to leverage our opportunities to revitalize the community and work with developers to bring new amenities and create new park space.  With vision and leadership we can create and maintain a vibrant livable and walkable community in which our local businesses thrive.  Together we can build a Port Moody that our children will be proud of.

Testimonial

"Rick Glumac is a great asset to Port Moody council. He has a dedicated presence in the community and offers not only a strong voice on council but also a refreshingly accessible ear to the people and local business owners in Port Moody. His hard work and commitment are unmatched and he has a clear vision of what will keep Port Moody the unique city that is it and recognizes the responsibility council holds in guiding this development and growth. As Port Moody continues in this phase of significant growth having a strong voice on council who is committed to truly representing the people and local businesses will be vitally important. It is for all these reasons that we wholeheartedly support Rick in his bid to return to council for another term.”

- Lisa Beecroft, Business Owner, Caffe Divano