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Ralph Forsyth

A vision for families, business and entrepreneurs


Name: Ralph Forsyth

Age: 36

Website: www.ralphforsyth.com

Occupation: Ski instructor with Extremely Canadian, Entrepreneur with Green Monkey Consulting.

Last book read: Freakenomics by Steven Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner and The Collaborative Leadership Fieldbook by David D. Chrislip.

What music are you listening to these days: Rage Against the Machine and Listen, Learn and Grow (kids).

Favourite recreational pursuits: Skateboarding, running, weight training, coaching kids’ soccer.

1. Why are you running for council?

To provide a new voice and a positive vision for Whistler’s future. We need a vision where families can buy homes, small businesses have meaningful opportunities and where entrepreneurs can share in the success of the resort.

All candidates have good reasons for running, but if you’re elected and don’t have a clear set of values, that’s where we get problems. My mandate is very clear. I would ask three basic questions before every decision – is it good for families, does it stimulate the economy, and does it support small business.

2. What are the biggest issues facing Whistler?

The biggest is retaining young families and young, talented staff who will go on to potentially raise families here.

The next would be stimulating the resort economy, and the last would be supporting small businesses. All three issues are interdependent.

3. What needs to be done to address those issues?

It goes back to my reasons for running, and that’s that I think young people and entrepreneurs are grossly underrepresented in town, especially in council.

I think people need to see that someone like me, a ski instructor and entrepreneur, can own a house in Whistler and raise a family here. It’s still possible, but it has become a lot more difficult lately. We need someone on council that reflects this side of Whistler.

There’s nothing wrong with Whistler that what’s right with Whistler can’t fix.

4. How will Whistler 2020 help us?

It provides us with a road map to make decisions, it gives us guidelines we agree we must work within and it helps us establish priorities.

Having gone to every Whistler 2020 meeting and served on the affordable housing task force, I can say that a lot of thought went into this and it genuinely reflects our community values. We don’t need to reinvent the wheel every time we make a decision.

If people use it to take positions and try to polarize people, of course it’s not going to be a working document. Council still needs to work as a group to make this effective.

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