Father, we thank You for MLA: Rob Howard and his dedication to serving the public both locally in Richmond and provincially. We ask that You would bless him and his family. May his family be encouraged and be strengthened in the times that he is not able to be with them. We ask for wisdom and guidance for Rob in his role in the Jobs and Training area of the cabinet. Lord, we ask that You would give him strategies for training workers that he would be able to share with his colleagues and that would have a positive impact on our economy in British Columbia. We ask for Your blessing on his life. Amen.
Rob Howard was elected as the MLA for Richmond Centre in 2009.
Rob served as the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Transportation with a specific focus on air services agreements. He now serves as a member of the Cabinet Committee on Jobs and Skills Training.
Rob was born and raised in Richmond and has raised his son Justin here with his wife Trudy. Rob ran his own business, a commercial real estate and seniors’ home management company, prior to becoming an MLA. He has also been involved in many aspects of Richmond life, including a twelve-year involvement with the Richmond Minor Hockey Association.
Rob is a past president of Tourism Richmond, and he has served on the Board of the Richmond Caring Place Society. Rob was also co-chair of the Vancouver Chapter of the Real Estate Institute of British Columbia and is a long-time member of the Richmond Chamber of Commerce.
Rob served as a councillor for the City of Richmond for seven years (2001-2008). During his time on Richmond City Council, he served as the chair of the Finance Committee, as well as the Community Safety and the Public Works and Transportation Committees. Rob was also the Council representative to the Economic Advisory Committee, the Heritage Commission, the Richmond Safe Communities Alliance, the Richmond Sister City Committee, the Minoru Seniors Society, and the Olympic Oval Building Committee.
Rob served as council liaison to the RAV Rapid Transit Task Force, the Economic Development Task Force and Blue Ribbon Business Round Table. Rob also served as a director on the Board of the Lower Mainland Local Government Association.
Provincially, Rob has served on the Select Standing Committee on Public Accounts and the Special Committee to Appoint an Information and Privacy Commissioner. He also served on the Special Committee to Appoint a Representative for Children and Youth and the Special Committee to Appoint an Ombudsperson.
Rob served as the chair of the Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services for the pre-budget consultations for Budget 2012.