Paul is an urban planner, born and raised in Surrey BC. As an activist and public servant, he’s fought for better transit, sustainable development, climate action, and social justice.
He has a Bachelor’s in Geography from SFU and a Master’s in Indigenous Community Planning from UBC.
He is a fourth-generation Canadian with a mixed ancestry of Japanese, Chinese, British, Dutch, and Irish heritage.
He lives with his husband Ali and their labradoodle, Hershey.
For more detailed information about Paul, please see the timeline below:
Paul was born at Surrey Memorial. He attended French Immersion at Martha Currie Elementary and Sullivan Heights Secondary.
As a child of separated, working-class parents, he grew up in rental and co-op housing. Paul has lived in basement suites or apartments in Fleetwood, Newton, and Cloverdale.
LGBT Youth Advocacy
At 16, Paul came out to his family. He became active in LGBT & youth organizations, engaging in youth leadership development opportunities.
He was a founding member of the Surrey Leadership Youth Council and CampOUT! This was BC’s first summer leadership retreat for queer and trans youth.
Paul started blogging. He wrote about social and political issues, including education, sustainability, and transportation.
His writing caught the attention of the Vancouver blogging community and the local media.
Feeling the city wasn’t doing enough to address climate change or invest in transit, Paul decided to run for city council.
His platform was focused on four key pillars:
• Sustainable development
• Green spaces
• Transportation options
• Vibrant communities
With no name recognition, handmade signs, and a budget of $500, Paul received over 12,000 votes.
Paul’s campaign priority to expand rapid transit in Surrey caught the attention of regional media and mayor, Dianne Watts. It became a key priority during her term in office.
Paul launched a new blog focused exclusively on Surrey. Over five years, he wrote over 500 articles about civic issues and key developments in Surrey, charting the City’s urban evolution. He was frequently invited to speak on issues to local media as an urban commentator.
Through Civic Surrey, Paul led advocacy campaigns. They addressed school overcrowding and gang violence.
BA from SFU
Paul graduated from university with a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Geography and a Liberal Arts Certificate.
Paul worked with Nathan Pachal, now a Langley City Councillor, to create Leap Ahead, a transportation vision for Metro Vancouver.
The document outlined a series of much-needed transit projects funded by a regional sales tax. It was presented to mayors and the local media as a policy proposal to address the BC Liberal’s transportation referendum.
The document formed the basis of the mayors’ Ten Year Plan, currently in the midst of implementation. The plan includes projects like the Broadway Subway, Surrey-Langley SkyTrain, and RapidBus.
Government of Saskatchewan
Paul worked for two years as a policy and legislative analyst in Saskatchewan. He supported municipalities and regions by planning for growth.
Paul worked for two years as a Planner at TransLink. He led the urban integration design guidelines for the Surrey LRT and supported Indigenous engagement.
Paul ran for City Council as part of the Surrey First team. He was proud to be a part of a slate of candidates that represented the diverse identities and communities within the city.
He campaigned on building transit-oriented urban communities, investing in parks and community facilities, and increasing youth engagement and leadership in the city. He was honoured to receive 25,000 votes.
Paul currently works as a policy analyst for the provincial government. He is working on advancing integrated transportation and development planning.
Paul is married to his partner, Ali, who is a commercial lease manager at Ocean Park Ford in South Surrey.
They have a chocolate Labradoodle named Hershey.
He enjoys hiking and camping.