Among the youngest leaders ever elected to serve Port Moody when he first joined City Council in 2014, Robert Vagramov has a passion for public service, a commitment to good government that serves all of our community, and a bold vision for the city’s future that will keep Port Moody’s amazing quality of life front and centre as the city grows.
Rob grew up in Port Moody, and has resided in the diverse neighbourhoods of Seaview, Moody Centre, and the North Shore. Seeking freedom and a fresh start, Rob’s family settled here in the 1990’s, having escaped Ukraine during the Soviet collapse. This experience sparked Rob’s political interests early in life, and drew him to study Business Management and Political Science at the University of Ottawa.
As a business professional, Rob has built expertise in digital technology and media. Over the last 8 years he has worked for a Vancouver-based technology firm, operating as an independent contractor - a one-man small business. Providing media services to a local NGO has given Rob the opportunity to combine his professional skills with his commitment to positive societal change.
At City Hall, Rob has chaired or vice-chaired a broad range of civic committees, including the Community Planning Advisory Committee, the Environmental Protection Committee, the Youth Focus Committee, the Seniors’ Focus Committee, the Master Transportation Plan Steering Committee, and the Transportation Committee.
During his time on Council, Rob brought important local initiatives to the Council table, which include investigating the divestment of city investments from risky fossil fuel markets, protecting and expanding the city’s key Park assets (Bert Flinn Park, and Rocky Point Park), using the City Owned Lands for community uses, fast-tracking the phasing out of single use plastics, investigating the removal of Ioco Road from Translink’s Major Road Network to restrict thru traffic, and others.
Throughout his term, Rob made his name as the responder on Council. Whether it was during the Sinkhole Crisis that hit Seaview/College Park, or when the Save Bert Flinn Park movement came knocking on City Hall’s doors, or when SD43 planned since-cancelled changes to school cachement areas, Rob was ready and eager to help bring resident concerns to the Council table, and do everything possible to advocate for prompt solutions.
Rob was recently elected by the Mayors and Councillors of the Lower Mainland to serve as Vice President of the Lower Mainland LGA (Local Government Association), after three years of service on its Board of Directors.
With a steady eye on Port Moody’s future, Rob brings his own fresh perspective to the challenges that come before City Council. He strives to stay open to new ideas – especially those coming from the community – and never hesitates to stand up for what he sincerely believes.
Rob can be reached by email: firstname.lastname@example.org or at 604.469.4515.