Rishi Sharma, a Master of Arts in Leadership candidate, currently works as the Director for the Intergovernmental and Stakeholder Relations Secretariat in the Workforce Development and Skills Training Division of Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and training. This is following a recent secondment to the Private Training Institutions Branch as the Director for Stakeholder Engagement & Governance.
In the past, he has had an opportunity to work in a non-profit as the Project Manager for the Builders Code – a construction workforce equity project which was spearheaded by the BC Construction Association. He is a certified trainer for the BC Lions Be More Than A Bystander program.
Rishi has been a public servant for close to 21 years. His experience also includes many years working directly for BC’s Executive Council as a Chief of Staff, including the Premier’s Office.
Rishi is a former Director on the Gordon Head Residents Association and a member of the local advocacy group Fix Ash Road Now. He has experience running for community leadership, and this will be his second attempt to win a seat on the Municipal council. He has also partnered with Habitat for Humanity on a residential housing project and, regularly volunteers with the local Hindu Temple. As a youth, he spent days volunteering in the summer with the Intercultural Association at the Folk Festivals in downtown Victoria.
He has lived in Saanich for close to 45 years and is hoping to have an opportunity to be part of a collaborative, consensus-building council that is ready to advocate for better, more affordable services for our residents.
Sharma believes it’s time to focus on economic development in Saanich to generate more revenue for services and supports for local residents without having to continue to raise taxes and fees.
Now is the time to implement a culture of economic success and responsible growth so residents in Saanich can enjoy affordable living and improved amenities and programs, while keeping more of their hard-earned money in their pockets.
Rishi is married to his lovely partner Amy and has been blessed with three daughters