I joined Council in October 2017 to fill the seat vacated by my colleague and friend Rick Glumac, after he was chosen to serve as our city’s new MLA in Victoria, and I feel honored to have this opportunity to serve you.
In the TriCities, folks initially got to know me through my work to organize the Save Bert Flinn Park initiative (SaveBertFlinnPark.ca), an expansive movement of residents and outdoors enthusiasts that seeks to keep the city’s largest park intact as a sublime natural getaway (without a traffic corridor transecting it) and that works to preserve the tranquil quality of life that has drawn so many to Port Moody’s north shore.
I have also been active locally in both provincial and federal politics, with a strong longstanding commitment to green values and sustainability economics. (And I do mean longstanding: at age sixteen, on the first anniversary of Earth Day, I drafted and led my high school’s first teaching module on environmental issues; also, being an avid hiker, I remain a Life Member of the Sierra Club.)
Beyond that, my political outlook is basically non-partisan, moderate but progressive, pragmatic and forward-looking. On Council I seek to add a fresh perspective to the debate among the group’s many political veterans. Among my priorities for the next year and beyond:
Supporting moderate growth that carefully protects Port Moody’s remarkable quality of life.
Delivering more affordable housing in our city (especially, more moderately priced rentals) that ordinary people can afford.
Making the most of PoMo’s amazing parks, protecting them from overuse and enhancing them with expanded space as the city’s population grows.
Helping to attract more clean, sustainable industries to Port Moody.
Finding practical ways to reduce our city’s carbon footprint.
In terms of professional background, I earned my Masters and Ph.D. degrees in the field of Government from Harvard University, where I also taught for a couple years before entering the business world. My career thereafter was mainly in the digital industry and Silicon Valley. In addition to co-founding several internet startups, I was an executive at Wired and a digital-media pioneer at ad agency giant J. Walter Thompson. (You’ll find the rest of my career experience on LinkedIn.)
I moved north from the States in 2006 to head up marketing for Yahoo in Canada, and now am so proud to call myself a Canadian citizen. More recently I served as vice president of digital media for the Vancouver Sun, The Province, and the Victoria Times- Colonist, along with other major metro news brands in the Canwest/Postmedia family.
An author and longtime civic activist, I come from a family of dedicated artists and writers, and now split my work days between serving the citizens of Port Moody and moving forward with my new career in photographic art (at huntermadsen.com).
Considering my family roots in the art world, my other interests, and my undiminished passion for the outdoors, I count my lucky stars to have settled down, at last, in this warm and beautiful hometown community, our beloved City of the Arts.
Hunter can be reached by email: email@example.com or at 604.469.4585.