Gordy Robson

Gordy is a lifelong resident of Maple Ridge. His parents moved here in the 1940s and he grew up watching his father manage the Buckerfield’s Feed and Seed store and his mom carry out her duties as a registered nurse. When he was 15 the local carnival came to town and when it left, Gordy went with it. His career in the carnival business took him to the Seattle World’s Fair in 1962 starting a lifelong love of this global event.

Gordy got his green card, and began to work his way up the management group finding himself in San Antonio, Texas for the World’s Fair where he took over a failing ‘Wild West Saloon’ called the Golden Garter. He not only turned it around, but the owners handed the venture over to him where he expanded it and finally sold it to return home to Maple Ridge.
He returned to his home town with a wad of cash and a decade of business experience. In 1969 he bought the local taxi company, and virtually lived in the office as he built the business. Shortly after he bought a garbage disposal company and found himself out there emptying cans when the staff called in sick. Gordy left Maple Ridge where his skills in turning around failing business ventures were put to great use.

Gordy’s career includes ownership of a number of hotel properties in BC, a stint with the Edmonton Oilers Hockey Club as vice president, a time where he was the owner of the Vancouver 86ers and Whitecaps.

Gordy met his partner in life, Mary, in Vancouver in the 1970s, and decided that it was time to put down roots in Maple Ridge. This was his home base as he purchased and operated a number of businesses including the Glacier Park Lodge in Rogers Pass, Meadowridge Centre at 207 Street, founded the Maple Ridge News (which expanded to the Tri-City and Burnaby New West News) and work with partners that would result in the construction of the Maple Ridge Best Western hotel.

His experience in turning companies around and bringing them to a profitable position resulted in the founding of Robson & Associates Consultants where his expertise was used by over two dozen high profile companies. He has also been active as a political consultant for all levels of government, including work in Eastern Europe as the democracies emerged at the end of the last century.

Gordy has served with a number of local service organizations and non-profits, and was the founder of the Home Town Heroes Program, the Rotary Duck Race, a founder of Meadowridge Independent School, Webster’s Corners Community Association and numerous specific events and causes.

Gordy served as Mayor of Maple Ridge from 2005 to 2008, and after his term ended he wrote a column for the local newspaper reporting on national, provincial and local issues that were of interest to the community. He was elected in 2014 for a four year term as a Councillor.

Gordy has a passion for our community and a particular affinity for helping those who are the most vulnerable in our society. His ‘Life or Meth’ campaign in the early 2000s has become a prototype for communities to help break the cycle of addiction and homelessness in communities and bridge the gaps between the justice system and health care system. He would like to thank all of the citizens who have supported his public service and charity work over the decades.

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