Andrea Reimer was elected to municipal government in Vancouver for four terms between 2002 and 2018, and currently teaches about power and policy at UBC’s School of Public Policy and Global Affairs.
After leaving municipal politics, Andrea was awarded a prestigious Loeb Fellowship at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design where she studied and taught about urban policy and strengthening democracy.
In addition to her public roles, Andrea has also been a prolific community volunteer serving on boards of diverse organizations ranging from a credit union to the Canadian Women Voters Congress. She ran a small business, worked in service, retail, and manufacturing, and survived as a street-involved youth.
She has been recognized with a number of awards including the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Award and the World Green Building Council Chairman’s Award. She is frequently asked to speak nationally and internationally on her policy achievements to inspire other governments to bolder action.
As a woman in politics, breaking glass ceilings isn’t even half the battle. All the shards left behind by that broken glass ceiling can be just another arsenal for those who already had plenty of weapons to keep us out of power.