Mayor & Council
West Vancouver Council is the elected decision-making body for the District and is comprised of the mayor and six councillors. The mayor is the chief executive officer. Under the Local Government Act, Council sets budgets, levy taxes and establishes policies to guide the growth, development and operation of the District.
Council contact information is listed below.
There is also a group email address for all Council members. If sending a group email, please include your complete postal mailing address for our communication records.
Michael Smith served two terms as a Councillor before being elected to the Office of Mayor by acclamation in 2011 and again 2014.
Mayor Smith previously served on the West Vancouver School Board from 1982-1990. He was Chairman of the Finance and Facilities Committees of the Board for all eight years and was Board Chairman in 1985-1986.
Mayor Smith is the Chair of the West Vancouver Police Board and has also served on the North Shore Union Board of Health, on several municipal committees and is an Honorary Director of the Lions Gate Hospital Foundation. Mayor Smith is a Director of Metro Vancouver and a member of the Metro Electoral Area, Performance and Audit and Regional Planning Committees.
A West Vancouver resident for over 55 years, he graduated from West Vancouver high school and the University of British Columbia. For over 30 years, Mayor Smith has owned M.R. Smith Limited, a wholesale petroleum products distributor. Prior to this, he worked as a territory manager for a major oil company, a research analyst for an investment dealer and as an account executive for a national commercial lender. Mayor Smith has owned businesses involved in newspaper publishing, real estate lending and investments.
Mary-Ann Booth was elected to Council in 2011.
A native of Greater Vancouver, Mary-Ann was educated in public schools in the region, and holds Commerce and Law degrees from the University of British Columbia. She practiced law for almost 20 years, holding positions as a civil litigator, business law lecturer, Provincial crown prosecutor and in-house counsel.
Mary-Ann served as a school trustee with the West Vancouver Board of Education from 2005 to 2011, the last three years as Chair.
She has served on several committees including the Parent Advisory Council at École Pauline Johnson and the North Shore Family Court and Youth Justice Committee; and most recently, the Municipal Field Sport Forum Working Group, the Joint School/Municipal Traffic Safety Advisory Committee, and the Community Website Development Working Group.
As a long-time resident of West Vancouver, Mary-Ann is proud of our history and optimistic about our future. She envisions a more liveable, vibrant and engaged community, yet remains confident that improvements can be achieved in a way that is fiscally responsible. People who know Mary-Ann describe her as a collaborative, thoughtful leader who will work tirelessly to improve our community.
Mary-Ann and her husband John live in the Ambleside area with their two teenage daughters who attend Sentinel Secondary School.
Craig Cameron was elected to Council in 2011.
Craig spent the formative years of his childhood in West Vancouver and returned to the community to raise a family. He lives with his wife, artist Cori Creed, and three young children in a house that he built in Ambleside.
Craig and his family are active members of the community and his children attend Ridgeview Elementary. Prior to being elected, Craig served as a Director of the West Vancouver Community Centres Society and a member of West Vancouver's Community Engagement Committee.
He has a degree in Urban and Environmental Geography from the University of British Columbia and a law degree from the University of Victoria. He also studied International Law at the Universiteit Utrecht in the Netherlands. After clerking with Madam Justice Beverly McLachlin (now Chief Justice) at the Supreme Court of Canada, he articled with John McAlpine, Q.C. and was called to British Columbia Bar in 1999.
For the past nine years, Craig has worked as a litigator with the Department of Justice Canada, practicing in various areas of civil litigation. He has training in and experience with a range of forms of alternative dispute resolution, including mediation and negotiation. Craig also has relevant experience in business, government, construction and the non-profit sector. Craig is a founding Board member of Access Pro Bono, one of Canada’s leading non-government providers of free legal services.
Nora has deep roots in West Vancouver. Since the early 1920s, four generations of her family have lived here. She has a strong interest in the community, and much of her life has already been devoted to public service.
For more than 25 years, Nora has served on boards, committees and working groups in West Vancouver, including West Vancouver Streamkeeper Society (2010-present), Climate Action Working Group (2009-2010), Parks and Environment Advisory Committee (2003-2006), West Vancouver Community Days Committee (1985-2001). She is currently serving on the Invasive Plants Working Group.
A graduate of Gleneagles Elementary, West Vancouver Secondary, UBC and Dalhousie, Nora’s early career included teaching secondary school science in West Vancouver and owning her own education business. She has worked abroad as a teacher and lawyer and has spent much of her career in the non-profit sector—as a Project Manager for the Law Courts Education Society of BC and Executive Director of the Canadian Breast Cancer Network in Ottawa. As such, Nora has spent many successful years managing budgets, staff and public money.
Nora will support policies that maximize value and services for tax dollars, ensure thoughtful development of land and infrastructure, protect, restore and defend the natural environment, and encourage a strong sense of community for residents of all ages. She is an open-minded listener, and an advocate for West Vancouver who will work with the community, staff and stakeholders to find creative and cost-effective solutions.
Nora now lives in Ambleside with her husband and their two children.
Bill Soprovich was re-elected in 2014 for a seventh consecutive term as Councillor.
During his years on Council, he has served on a number of advisory committees, including Design, Planning, Heritage, Community Services and Parks and Recreation.
Other committees that Councillor Soprovich has served on include the Recreation Facilities Planning Select Committee, the Task Force on Horseshoe Bay and the BC Ferries Terminal Expansion and the West Vancouver Arts Council Committee. He has also served on numerous joint North Shore committees, such as the North Shore Emergency Committee and the Family Court and Youth Justice Committee. Councillor Soprovich served on the GVRD’s Administrative and Intergovernmental Committee and has also participated extensively as the West Vancouver liaison on the Howe Sound Community Forum.
Councillor Soprovich has worked and lived in West Vancouver for over 40 years and has been involved in community service as a volunteer and member of various committees for more than half of that time.
750 17th Street, West Vancouver BC V7V 3T3
Mayor and Council have determined seven priorities for the District to focus on throughout their term from 2014 to 2018.