Sam Waddington was elected to Chilliwack City Council in 2014, receiving the most votes of any candidate for council. Delivering on campaign promises, Sam became the founding Chair of the Public Engagement Committee, previously the Rural Advisory Committee, and hosted town-hall engagement meetings throughout the community. He was also the founding Chair of the Public Art Committee, and the Parks and Trail Committee, bringing these new community needs to the forefront of City Planning. The Parks and Trails Committee has since built a Trail Network Plan, the Greenspace Plan, and the Blueways Strategy, all of which have been foundational to the expansions in green space infrastructure throughout Chilliwack. For the last 3 years Sam has been the Chair of the Transportation Committee, overseeing the largest expansion to our transit system in the City’s history, as well as implementing Cycle Vision, Chilliwack’s first complete cycling plan.
In addition to his role as Councillor, Sam represents the City of Chilliwack on the board of the Fraser Valley Regional District along with Mayors and Councillors from across the region. At the FVRD Sam has been the Chair of the Aboriginal Relations Committee, building relationships with Indigenous communities and helping create the base framework for Treaty Negotiations.
Sam is currently serving his second term on the Board of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, representing Chilliwack, our Region and BC to the Federal Government. In his time with FCM he has played a key role on the Environment and Sustainable Development Committee, the Municipal Infrastructure and Transportation Policy Committee, as well as working to increase the involvement of women, minorities and young people in elected office across Canada.
In 2012, at the age of 22, Sam took on the challenge of opening his own small business here in Chilliwack. Mt Waddington’s Outdoors has been an outdoor equipment supplier and tour guiding operator since that opening and Sam has poured heart, soul and resources into this community, investing his future in Chilliwack.
In 2013 Sam accepted the Chilliwack Chamber of Commerce New Business of the Year Award on behalf of Mt. Waddington’s Outdoors, and has since also received Young Entrepreneur of the Year recognition from the Chilliwack Chamber of Commerce.
Mt. Waddington’s Outdoors has been in business for nearly six years and currently employs seven people with an additional contingent of mountain guides during peak seasons. Committed to giving back to the community, Mt. Waddington’s donates 1% of all proceeds back to a variety of volunteer organizations that help build and maintain trails throughout the region.
Over six years of running a successful small business, Sam has focused on fiscal conservatism and business management to ensure the success of his operation. Being a small business owner, Sam has enjoyed being involved in organizations committed to help make Chilliwack a better place.
As a lifelong resident of Chilliwack, Sam is dedicated to our community. His passion for Chilliwack has informed his learning; attending UFV and continuing his studies in other provinces. He has had the privilege and opportunity to live, work, and travel extensively, not just in Canada but throughout the world, visiting over 40 countries on 6 continents. Through these experiences he has gained perspective and passion for what makes for vibrant, progressive, and inclusive communities and this has informed his involvement on Chilliwack City Council.
Sam grew up with his two siblings in Chilliwack and they were blessed with adventurous parents, a Large Animal Veterinarian and an Elementary School Principal, who spent as much time as possible playing in the local mountains before embarking on a multi-year trip across the world on their 33 foot sailboat.
Sam’s unquenchable desire for adventure continuously takes him into the outdoors, paragliding, mountaineering, rock climbing, spearfishing, scuba diving, surfing, skiing and mountain biking. Due to his overflowing passion for the outdoors, in 2013 Sam became the CBC’s Outdoor Recreation Correspondent on CBC Vancouver TV and across BC on CBC Radio 1. His profile on CBC has allowed him to debate Provincial Ministers on BC Parks Policy, or simply advocate for people to get outside and enjoy a day in the fresh air.