Father God, we are blessed in British Columbia with a province full of beauty, diversity and opportunity. We bring MLA: Hon. Minister Naomi Yamamoto before You today and thank You for her and the role she plays as Minister of Advanced Education. Give her wisdom and grant her favour as she works to increase the opportunities for British Columbians. Bless her with health and prosperity in the coming year. Keep her save as travels and renew her energy and her vision as she represents the province to the Pacific North West Economic Region. In Christ we pray. Amen.
Naomi Yamamoto was elected as MLA for North Vancouver-Lonsdale in the 2009 general provincial election and was appointed Minister of Advanced Education on March 14, 2011.
Prior to this, Minister Yamamoto was appointed Minister of State for Intergovernmental Relations in June 2009. On October 25, 2010, she was appointed as Minister of State for Building Code Renewal.
Minister Yamamoto had been the president and owner of Tora Design Group in North Vancouver for 21 years. She also enjoyed working with the business community as the president and general manager of the North Vancouver Chamber of Commerce.
She also served on the board of the North Shore Credit Union and the Vancouver Coastal Health Authority and was president of the Gordon and Marion Smith Foundation. As well, she represented the North Vancouver Chamber on the North Shore 2010 Spirit Committee and Vancouver’s North Shore Tourism Association Board.
In 1997, Minister Yamamoto served as chair of the BC Chamber of Commerce. She completed a six-year term on the board of Capilano College, with the last three years as chair. She also enjoyed six years as a director of the North Shore Neighbourhood House.
In 2005, Naomi was appointed as an inaugural member of the Premier’s Small Business Roundtable.
In her role as Minister of State for Intergovernmental Relations, Naomi Yamamoto is also the Premier’s representative to the Pacific North West Economic Region.