Gregor Robertson is among the list of nine Canadian mayors who will be recognized in a ceremony in March as 2016 Modern Makers of Canada.
The awards are given out by the Institute of Governance, an Ottawa-based not-for-profit organization with a mission to advance the understanding and practice of good governance in the country. Other recipients include the mayors of Calgary, Edmonton, and Montreal.
Robertson, 51, was re-elected for a third term in November 2014, stretching his tenure in office to a decade by the time his term expires in 2018.
According to the institute, Robertson is being commended for his work with improving public transit, working to end street homelessness, addressing housing affordability, and making Vancouver the ‘greenest city’ in the world. He is also deemed a national advocate for urban issues across the country, given that he is the Chair of Canada’s Big City Mayors’ Caucus.
“Mayor Robertson spearheaded the creation of the city’s first comprehensive Economic Action Strategy, and is committed to growing a sustainable and thriving economy in Vancouver focused on high-growth sectors like digital media, clean technology and renewable energy,” the description reads.
“Under Mayor Robertson’s leadership, Vancouver continues to rank as one of the most livable cities in the world, with one of the most competitive environments for attracting new jobs and investment.”
The institute says Robertson’s policies have been a catalyst for the creation of 10,000 new units of housing aimed for low and middle income families since 2009. He is a staunch advocate for the construction of the underground SkyTrain extension of the Millennium Line under Broadway, the second largest employment centre in B.C. outside of the downtown Vancouver peninsula and the busiest bus corridor in the continent.
Vancouver is consistently ranked one of the most livable cities in the world and is forecasted to have Canada’s fastest-growing metropolitan in 2015.
Robertson is currently in Paris, joining other global leaders by attending the 2015 United Nations Conference on Climate Change. He is expected to highlight his 2050 vision for Vancouver: a city fully reliant on renewable energy with an 80 per cent reduction of greenhouse-gas emissions.