Party Caucuses Archives: B.C. Caucus
Bob Zimmer was born in Dawson Creek, BC and raised in Fort St John, BC. He received an undergraduate degree from Trinity Western University in human kinetics and history/political science. Bob also obtained a bachelor’s of education degree from the University of British Columbia. He worked his way through University as the head coach for Langley’s TWU varsity rugby team.
Bob taught and coached at North Peace Secondary School in Fort St John where his experience assisted in developing a unique course that teaches young people practical skills applicable to the oil and gas industry.
In his earlier years, Bob began his career working for his father’s family carpentry business where he learned the values of honesty, integrity and hard work. Through these fundamentals Bob obtained his Journeyman Carpentry Certification. Bob went on to own his own construction business. And he has also built several homes.
Being involved with federal politics for more than 20 years, Bob became politically active in 1988 when he desired to seek change in Ottawa. He has worked alongside former MP Randy White and former Leader of the Government in the House of Commons Jay Hill, serving the local Conservative riding associations of Abbotsford and Prince George-Peace River in various leadership roles, including Vice-President, President, and Secretary/CEO.
Bob was elected as the Member of Parliament for Prince George-Peace River in 2011 and is currently Chair of the BC/Yukon Caucus, Chair of the BC Pipeline Caucus, and sits on the Agriculture and Agri-Food Standing Committee, as well as the Standing Committee for Veterans Affairs.
Bob and his wife Val reside in Fort St John where they have been happily married for 17 years and have 4 children, Kristian, David, Tim and Bobbie.
Randy Kamp grew up in Maple Ridge, B.C. and graduated from Maple Ridge Secondary in 1971. He went on to complete a Bachelor’s degree in theology and do extensive graduate studies in linguistics. From 1985 to 1992, he and his family lived in the Philippines where Randy was regional director for an organization doing linguistic work among minority language groups. Randy has also worked as a department store manager and administrative pastor and has served on the board of directors for a number of non-profit groups. He has also volunteered for a number of local community organizations. The common thread through Randy’s life is his commitment to serving people.
In 1997, Randy was hired as the executive assistant to Grant McNally, who served Dewdney-Alouette as the Member of Parliament from 1997 to 2004. In that role, Randy got a first hand view of the everyday problems facing people in Pitt Meadows, Maple Ridge and Mission and when McNally retired, he was inspired to run for Parliament to make Canada an even better place in which to live and to make government more responsive and relevant to the people living in our communities.
On June 28th, 2004, Randy was elected as the Member of Parliament for Pitt Meadows – Maple Ridge – Mission. In his first term, Randy was quickly promoted to the position of Official Opposition Critic for Fisheries and Oceans on the Pacific Coast. He was also elected Chair of the Conservative Crystal Meth Task Force and took a leading role in the fight against crystal meth, an insidious drug that is invading our communities at an alarming rate.
On January 23rd, 2006, Randy was re-elected to the House of Commons. On February 7, 2006, Prime Minister Stephen Harper appointed Randy as the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, a position which he still holds. Randy was re-elected in 2008 and 2011. After the 2011 election, in addition to his Fisheries and Oceans duties, Randy was appointed as the Parliamentary Secretary for the Asia-Pacific Gateway.
Randy has been married to his wife Ruth since 1974. They have three adult children, twelve grandchildren and a basset hound named Bentley.
John Duncan has lived in British Columbia his entire life. He was raised in the Crows Nest Pass, Kamloops and North Vancouver. He graduated from the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor of Science from the Faculty of Forestry in 1972.
After graduation, John worked in the BC coastal forest industry. He has lived and worked in Duncan, Nanaimo, Port Alberni, Ucluelet, Port Clements, Sayward, Courtenay and Campbell River.
John has been involved in many community level volunteer activities; Chair of the Chamber of Commerce, Chair of the Recreation Commission, Head of the Logger Sports, and President of the Historical Society which has given him a keen understanding of local priorities and issues in Coastal communities.
John was first elected to the House of Commons in 1993 and has remained committed to serving our region. In 2008, John became Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Indian and Northern Affairs and Northern Development. In August 2010, he was appointed Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development, Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians, and Minister of the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency. In 2011 he continued his appointment as Minister but under the new title of Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development until February 2013. In July 2013, John was appointed as Minister of State and Chief Government Whip.
Throughout his career John has always been, and continues to be, motivated by his commitment to public service and to serve the constituents of Vancouver Island North.