Father we thank You for MLA: Hon. Naomi Yamamoto. We thank You that You have walked with her right from the beginning and have directed her every step. Her role as Minister of Advanced Education is vital in seeing that British Columbia and its citizens have the necessary skills that will keep this province in a leadership role both within Canada and the world. We pray that Your favor and blessing would cover her and that she would have supernatural wisdom, vision and direction that would guide her during this next season. May she have times of refreshing, relaxation and relationship in the midst of her busy schedule. In the name of Jesus, 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.