Geoff Meggs

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Geoff Meggs is a Canadian politician, currently serving on Vancouver, British Columbia's City Council. He was elected in the 2008 municipal election.[1] He is also President of Tideline Communications, a strategic communications firm.[2]


Meggs was born in Ontario and grew up in Willowdale, Toronto and Ottawa.[1][3] His father, who was trained as an Anglican priest, was a broadcaster with the CBC, and his mother was a nurse who retired to become a homemaker.[3] Meggs graduated from the University of Toronto.[1] After graduating he joined the Canada World Youth exchange program and spent time in Malaysia.[3] He eventually relocated to Vancouver in 1976.[4] Meggs' career includes time as a journalist, a communications director in the offices of former Premier Glen Clark and former Vancouver mayor Larry Campbell, an executive director of the BC Federation of Labour, and President of Tideline Communications. He is the author of two published books, Salmon: The Decline of the West Coast Fishery (Douglas & McIntyre, 1991), which won the 1992 Lieutenant-Governor’s Medal for Historical Writing, and Cork Lines and Canning Lines; the Glory Years of Fishing on the West Coast, with Duncan Stacey, (Douglas & McIntyre, 1992).


Meggs ran as part of the Vision Vancouver slate in the 2008 election.[5] He received 49,538 votes, in ninth place out of a field of 32 candidates for Vancouver councillor, the fewest number of votes among the seven elected Vision Vancouver councilors.[5][6] In 2011, Meggs was re-elected as a Vision Vancouver city councillor with 56,183 votes, sixth out of a field of 40 candidates.

In June 2014, Meggs faced a court petition to remove him and fellow councillor Kerry Jang from office for allegedly violating rules on conflict of interest in connection with the rezoning of a public housing project.[7]


Meggs and his wife, Jan O’Brien, live with his daughter Claire in False Creek.[1] Their oldest daughter, Caitlin, lives and works in Victoria.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e "About Geoff", Geoff Meggs Website, Accessed August 30, 2009.
  2. ^ "Labour Climate: Geoff Meggs", Business in Vancouver, July 3, 2009.
  3. ^ a b c "Geoff Meggs: Articulate, Experienced City Council Hopeful", Vancouver Observer, October 20, 2008.
  4. ^ "About Geoff Meggs", Tideline Communications Website, Accessed August 30, 2009.
  5. ^ a b "Election Results: November 15, 2008", Vancouver City Election Results Website, Accessed August 30, 2009.
  6. ^ "Racism is alive and well in Vancouver municipal politics", Georgia Straight, November 16, 2008.
  7. ^ Court petition seeks removal of Kerry Jang and Geoff Meggs from Vancouver city council, Georgia Straight, 23 June 2014

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