Between Forest & Fjord
Ralph Drew, Mayor of Belcarra
Ralph Drew has been active in municipal politics since he chaired the Village of Belcarra’s incorporation committee in 1979 (38 years). Following Belcarra’s incorporation referendum, Ralph was appointed by the provincial government to Belcarra’s Inaugural Council on August 27th, 1979, and was subsequently elected Alderman in November 1979.
Ralph has been Mayor of Belcarra for 34 years (since December 1983), has been on the Metro Vancouver Board of Directors for the past 36 years (since December 1981), and is the longest serving Metro Vancouver Director. Ralph presently sits on the Metro Vancouver Electoral Areas and Aboriginal Relations Committees, and previously served for 10 years as Chair of the Lower Mainland Treaty Advisory Committee (LMTAC).
In 2013, Ralph was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal “for his on-going dedication to public service”.
In 2014, Ralph was awarded first prize by the ‘B.C. Historical Federation’ annual book competition, receiving the Lieutenant-Governor’s Gold Medal for historical writing for his self-published history, ‘Forest & Fjord: The History of Belcarra’.
Ralph previously worked for Canadian Fishing Company (Canfisco) from January 1986 until December 2006, when he opted to semi-retire. During his tenure as Canfisco’s Director of Technical Services, Ralph was Chair of the Industry Advisory Committee for the BCIT Fish Harvesting and Processing Program from 1991 to 1998, served three terms as Chair of the ‘Fisheries Council of British Columbia’ Technical Committee, and in 2004−2005 was President of the association of ‘Pacific Fisheries Technologists’ (PFT).
Ralph's background also includes 10 years as Chemistry Section Supervisor of the Canadian Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) Fish Inspection Laboratory, and 3 years as Quality Assurance Manager with Coca-Cola Bottling in Richmond, B.C.
Ralph was born in Mission, B.C., grew-up in Burnaby, and has lived in Belcarra since 1974. Ralph received his Bachelor of Science (Honours Chemistry) in 1971, and his Masters of Science (Inorganic Chemistry) in 1973, both degrees from Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, B.C. Ralph has been married to his wife Carol for 48 years, and has a daughter Ryan Drew (husband Marco Antonio) and three grandsons who live in Coquitlam, British Columbia.