Thursday, May 26, 2011

MLA: Iain Black - Port Moody-Coquitlam

Father God, You say in Your word in Luke 11:9 “ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.” We pray that you will make this a reality to MLA Iain Black as he goes about his duties. We pray also that your peace will be with him at all times but especially as he fulfills his responsibilities as MLA. Thank you Lord.

Iain Black was appointed Parliamentary Secretary for Public Transportation to the Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure on March 14, 2011. He also serves on the Cabinet Committee on Jobs and Economic Growth.

He was previously Minister of Labour from October 25, 2010 to March 14, 2011. Prior to that he was Minister of Small Business, Technology and Economic Development from June 10, 2009 to October 24, 2010, and Minister of Labour and Citizens' Services from June 23, 2008, to June 9, 2009.

Iain was elected to represent the new riding of Port Moody-Coquitlam in the 2009 provincial general election. He was first elected as an MLA for the former Port Moody-Westwood riding in 2005. Prior to his cabinet appointment, Iain served on the BC Provincial Treasury Board and several Select Standing Committees of the Legislature including Finance, Crown Corporations (where he served as Chair) and Public Accounts. He also served as Chair of both the Special Committee to Appoint a Conflict of Interest Commissioner and the Government Caucus Committee on Natural Resources and the Economy.

At the point of his election, Iain was president of the Banking Solutions Group of Open Solutions Canada. Prior to Open Solutions, Minister Black served as president or chief operating officer of both publicly traded and private technology companies, and as a partner with a national professional services firm. He started his career with IBM Canada Ltd.

Iain’s list of community volunteer roles includes coaching youth soccer in Coquitlam, and serving as a board director of Canuck Place Children’s Hospice. A recipient of the 40-Under-40 award in 1998, “recognizing top business achievement in British Columbians”, Iain is an experienced speaker at North American business and technology industry conferences, who holds an honours degree in business from the University of Manitoba.

Iain and his wife reside in Coquitlam with their three children.

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