Born-and-raised Rupertite, City Councillor, and passionate economic development professional.

First elected to city council in 2014, Blair has also served as Chair for the City’s Small Business Advisory Committee.

He has a Bachelor’s Degree in International Development from the University of Winnipeg and a Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Community Development from Royal Roads University, and is working towards his Masters in Interdisciplinary Studies.

For the last half-decade, Blair has worked for the Gitmaxmak’ay Nisga’a, first as Economic Development Officer before being promoted to CEO in mid-2016. He currently oversees 18 staff and accepted a 2016 B.C. Aboriginal Business Achievement Award for Community-Owned Business.

He was also recently featured in B.C. Business Top 30 under 30. 

Prior to working with the local Nisga’a, Blair was the Grant Writer at City Hall where he successfully solicited over $1 million between 2011 and 2012 for the municipality and local non-profits. His work on the Cow Bay Marina won the World Proposal Championships in 2012.

And before that, he graduated as a Rainmaker, paying his way through university as a member of the BC Ferry & Marine Workers' Union and mowing lawns.  

Blair is a currently professional member of the Economic Development Association of Canada as well as the Council for the Advancement of Native Development Officers.

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