Bringing fresh and community-focused ideas to a more livable City of North Vancouver
Tony Valente brings a unique combination of skills, experience and passion to his role as Councillor in the City of North Vancouver. He is a seasoned project and risk management leader, urban thinker, and community volunteer.
A graduate of both St. Thomas Aquinas Regional Secondary School and the University of British Columbia (BCom, MBA), Tony spent three years working in logistics and product management for Whirlpool Europe, in Milan, Italy.
On his return to B.C., Tony completed his MBA in strategic management and accounting from UBC’s Sauder School of Business. Through his work on large infrastructure projects for over a decade, Tony has moved into increasingly responsible roles and now works full-time as a director of risk management for a BC Crown Corporation.
Since 2010, Tony has also given his time to his community — first by serving on his strata council, and subsequently in a series of advisory and committee roles with the District and City of North Vancouver.
A proponent of public spaces for people to enjoy their city and streets — making our community a place to gather and celebrate in the outdoors — Tony was a founding member and Director of the North Van Urban Forum, a non-profit organization addressing urban issues and encouraging consultation and transparency on the North Shore.
The group organized Project Waterfront: North Van Design Jam to stimulate discussion and engagement with citizens on the future development of Lot 5 – now the Shipyards on the lower Lonsdale waterfront. Tony was also part of the branding committee resulting in Lot 5 becoming “The Shipyards.”
Tony’s other passion is transportation. As a former Chair for the HUB Cycling North Shore Committee, as well as in a variety of other local volunteer roles, he has worked with the community on cycling infrastructure and safety improvements for all ages and abilities, as well as e-bikes, ride-sharing, and a variety of other active transportation issues.
Tony and his wife, Elena (and cat Oliver) live in Lower Lonsdale, and when not devoting most of their time to work and volunteering, they enjoy travelling to look for ideas for how to make our city even better.
We can build a better community together
We should respect and hear all members of our community
We must walk the talk—acting in step with citizens’ choices
We need a council that works openly for all, not behind closed doors
No matter how difficult an issue, we need to approach it from all angles until we reach acceptable answers and actions
I recognize that our civic life and the work of government on the North Shore take place on the unceded territory of the Skwxwú7mesh and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh Nations.