First elected in 2005, Jonathan X. Coté served three terms on New Westminster City Council before being elected as Mayor in 2014. In 2018, he was elected for a second term as Mayor. As the Mayor of New Westminster, Jonathan has earned a reputation as a strong leader around issues such as transportation, affordable housing and urban planning. Jonathan has recently been appointed to several Metro Vancouver Committees and will serve as Vice Chair of the Regional Planning Committee, a member of the Housing Committee, the Mayors’ Committee, Performance and Procurement Committee and the Zero Waste Committee. He is also Chair of the TransLink Mayors’ Council. During his time as a Councillor, he was Chair of the Parks and Recreation Committee and co-Chaired the Master Transportation Committee.
Outside of council, Jonathan worked in the insurance industry as a Senior Injury Litigation Adjuster and also completed his Master’s Degree in Urban Studies at SFU. In his spare time, Mayor Coté enjoys New Westminster’s recreation facilities with his family and stays active cycling, swimming and playing tennis.
Heather is an experienced leader who is driven by her passion to improve systems through innovative practices. She has had numerous leadership roles within the health authorities and the ministry of health. She is currently the Regional Director -Virtual Health at Vancouver Coastal Health in this role her work has focused on improving health care processes and patient experience through the use of technology. In her spare time, she enjoys pottery, swimming, and walks within her community.
Ruby Campbell has worked in the charitable and public sector for over 25 years and has been responsible for managing government relations, fundraising and community engagement. She currently serves as the Director of Advancement for Simon Fraser University’s Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, where she is responsible managing and stewardship of faculty endowments, annual and special purpose funds. Prior to joining SFU, Ruby served as City of New Westminster’s Intergovernmental and Community Partnerships Manager. She has also held leadership positions with Royal Columbian Hospital Foundation and the British Columbia Lung Association. She currently serves as a board member for Fraserside Community Services and Massey Theatre Society where she actively supports initiatives to further affordable housing, programs for people living with developmental disabilities, mental health programs and inclusive arts strategies.
Karim Hachlaf is the Superintendent / CEO for New Westminster Schools. As an experienced educational leader, he oversees the operations of the entire school district and is committed to each student learning in a safe, engaging and inclusive environment. Through his work, Karim has developed strong relationships within the New Westminster community and is both excited and honored to bring his experience as a new Police Board member. In his spare time, Karim enjoys outdoor activities with his family.
Shirley Heafey is currently a member of the Employment and Assistance Appeal Tribunal – Vancouver/New Westminster 2017 – 2020. Working with police services and conducting civilian oversight has been a big part of her professional work. She spent 10 years as Chair of the RCMP Public Complaints Commission and another eight years as Public Complaint Director at the Calgary Police Commission as well as a member of the Alberta Human Rights Commission. She has practiced in Vancouver, Calgary, and Ottawa as a lawyer and mediator. She was appointed to the BC Employment and Assistance Appeal Tribunal and has just been re-appointed for another five years.